Unintentional Actions, But Still Make It Good
The Lord told Moses, “And if a man eats the holy offering unintentionally, then he shall restore a holy offering to the priest, and add one-fifth to it. They shall not profane the holy offerings of the children of Israel, which they offer to the LORD, or allow them to bear the guilt of trespass when they eat their holy offerings; for I the LORD sanctify them’” (Lev 22.14–16).
The Lord knows that we make mistakes, and so He made provisions for that with Israel, but still, although there were no evil intentions, things still had to be made right.
The same holds true for Christians. We do things that we should not do without realizing what we have done, but when we discover it, we must make things right to the best of our ability and with God’s help. DR
The Heavenly Identification of Jesus of Nazareth
Mark shows us quickly three witnesses at one event to the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth.
First, is John the Baptizer, “It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1.9).
Second, is the Holy Spirit, “And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove” (Mark 1.10).
Third, is the Father, “Then a voice came from heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Mark 1.11).
Is there any doubt about the identity of Jesus? If so, let us keep reading The Gospel According to Mark and see Jesus in action and hear what He teaches, and then we can make a conclusion.
In the meantime, picture in your mind what Mark just showed us and be amazed at such a grand baptism! DR