We are firmly into the New Testament again, which we will finish before the end of the year. This week we will finish the book of Matthew and get a halfway through the Gospel of Mark.
Mark is believed to have been the first Gospel written, about 50AD, as the other three Gospels all quote it, but Mark does not quote the others. The author is believed to be John Mark, the son of a Jerusalem widow whose home was a meeting place for early believers (Acts 12:12). Mark most likely recorded the event as he heard them firsthand from the disciple Peter. The book's non-Jewish flavor suggests it may be have been written to believers in Rome. At this time, Rome had begun persecuting Christians. This is book is clearly meant to encourage suffering believers. Mark shows Jesus as the suffering servant who came to die as the Savior for the world (including non-Jews). Over 40% of this short gospel focuses upon the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus' final week.
Here is the schedule:
27, Sunday: Matthew 9-12
28, Monday: Matthew 13-16
29, Tuesday: Matthew 17-20
30 - Matthew 21-24
31 - Matthew 25-28
01 - Mark 1-4
02 - Mark 5-8
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the
understanding and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word.