Jeremiah 15 & Mark 1

Jeremiah 15

    Then the LORD said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go! And when they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD:

    “‘Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence,
        and those who are for the sword, to the sword;
    those who are for famine, to famine,
        and those who are for captivity, to captivity.’
        I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, declares the LORD: the sword to kill, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.

    “Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem,
        or who will grieve for you?
    Who will turn aside
        to ask about your welfare?
    You have rejected me, declares the LORD;
        you keep going backward,
    so I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you—
        I am weary of relenting.
    I have winnowed them with a winnowing fork
        in the gates of the land;
    I have bereaved them; I have destroyed my people;
        they did not turn from their ways.
    I have made their widows more in number
        than the sand of the seas;
    I have brought against the mothers of young men
        a destroyer at noonday;
    I have made anguish and terror
        fall upon them suddenly.
    She who bore seven has grown feeble;
        she has fainted away;
    her sun went down while it was yet day;
        she has been shamed and disgraced.
    And the rest of them I will give to the sword
        before their enemies,
                                                                                                                                                                    declares the LORD.”
        Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. The LORD said, “Have I not set you free for their good? Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress? Can one break iron, iron from the north, and bronze?

    “Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory. I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”

    O LORD, you know;
        remember me and visit me,
        and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
    In your forbearance take me not away;
        know that for your sake I bear reproach.
    Your words were found, and I ate them,
        and your words became to me a joy
        and the delight of my heart,
    for I am called by your name,
        O LORD, God of hosts.
    I did not sit in the company of revelers,
        nor did I rejoice;
    I sat alone, because your hand was upon me,
        for you had filled me with indignation.
    Why is my pain unceasing,
        my wound incurable,
        refusing to be healed?
    Will you be to me like a deceitful brook,
        like waters that fail?
    Therefore thus says the LORD:
    “If you return, I will restore you,
        and you shall stand before me.
    If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
        you shall be as my mouth.
    They shall turn to you,
        but you shall not turn to them.
    And I will make you to this people
        a fortified wall of bronze;
    they will fight against you,
        but they shall not prevail over you,
    for I am with you
        to save you and deliver you,
                                                                                                                                                                    declares the LORD.
    I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
        and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”

(Jeremiah 15 ESV)

Mark 1

    The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

    As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

    “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
        who will prepare your way,
    the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
        ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
        make his paths straight,’”
        John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

    In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

    The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

    Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

    And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

    And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

    That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

    And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

    And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

(Mark 1 ESV)

Mark 1: Jesus is the as planned, as prophesied, as purposed manifestation of God and therefore properly declared Son of God and the time has come for the commencement of His kingdom. From the start, Mark makes his great declaration that Jesus is the Son of God and then proceeds to gives some testimony for making such a great claim. 

In referencing prophecy, he associates John the baptist as the God ordained messenger who was to prepare the people for the oncoming power and presence of the Lord (see Isaiah 40:3). Mark’s purpose in mentioning John is simply to focus our attention on the One whom John was preparing the people for. Mark has made it clear that Christianity is not a new movement, but rather has its foundations deeply rooted in God’s unfolding plan throughout ancient Jewish history. 

Next, Mark provides some further testimony of the Majesty of Christ through the account of Jesus’ baptism and immediate temptation. This particular scene at the baptism of Jesus seems to draw our attention back to that other familiar point in Biblical history in which the Father spoke, the Son acted and the Spirit fluttered over the face of the water - The Creation. 

The baptism of Jesus was a landmark event that signified the confirmation of His majesty and the commencement of His mission. And then just as the redemption plan had been initiated, ‘the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness… to be tempted by Satan.’

Just as the creation sprang from the waters and immediately suffered and surrendered to Satan’s powers of temptation, Jesus springs from the water and into the presence of Satan’s lies and subtle schemes. Just as the people of Israel came out of the parted waters and immediately into the wilderness of trials and temptation, Jesus comes out of the water and into the wilderness to be tried and tempted as well. But where Israel failed, Jesus succeeded; and whereas Adam served himself, Jesus served God. The greater Adam has come on the scene. The greater Israel has been reduced to One. Jesus Christ is the source of that gospel aroma that’s been lingering throughout the Old Testament. Away with all the shadows because the Light has finally come.