Satan’s house

When the scribes accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, Jesus answers, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus’ house

Rev. Rich Lusk pointed out in a sermon that Mark 3 follows the order of exodus: The Jews plot, Jesus crosses the sea, gathers 12 disciples on a mountain, and then enters a house. In context, the . . . . Continue Reading »

This cup

In his Exhortation to Martyrdom ( Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works , p. 61 ), Origen ponders why Jesus would have resisted martyrdom by asking His Father to remove the . . . . Continue Reading »

Naked, Clothed

Hovey has a remarkable discussion of the young man who is stripped of his linen garment in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:51-52). In the garden, he wears the linen garment of a martyr. But like . . . . Continue Reading »

Exorcism

In the early chapters of Mark’s gospel, the only beings to identify Jesus as “Son of God” are the Father and demons. No human being recognizes Him until He dies, and then it’s . . . . Continue Reading »