The End of the Age – Mark 13

Read the Passage: Mark 13 Suffering of Believers (13:1–20) Mark 13 contains what has become known as the Olivet Discourse. This chapter records Jesus’ response, while sitting on the Mount […]

Questioning Jesus – Mark 11–12

Read the Passage: Mark 11-12 Elders’ Question (11:27–33) The questioning of Jesus by the chief priests, scribes, and elders (cf. Mark 11:27–33) followed Christ’s cleansing of the Temple, which was […]

Riches and Rewards – Mark 10:17–31

Read the Passage: Mark 10:17-31 Ruler’s Question (10:17–22) In Mark 10, as Jesus began to make His way toward Jerusalem, Mark records Christ’s encounter with a rich, young, ruler. At […]

Jesus’ Transfiguration – Mark 9:1–13

Read the Passage: Mark 9:1-13 Context (9:1–4) Mark 9:1–13 records the transfiguration of Jesus, an event reported in all three of the Synoptic Gospels, at John 1:14, as well as […]

Teaching and Healing – Mark 7

Read the Passage: Mark 7 Pharisees Confronted (7:1–23) In Mark 1–3 Jesus had several meaningful, albeit less than cordial, interactions with the scribes and Pharisees. Yet, interestingly, these religious leaders […]

Public Miracles – Mark 6

Read the Passage: Mark 6 Feeding of Five-Thousand (6:32–44) After reporting several miracles in the preceding chapter, the first half of Mark 6 records the rejection of Jesus at Nazareth […]

Three Healings – Mark 5

Read the Passage: Mark 5 Requests (5:1–34) Mark 5 narrates three separate miracles of Jesus, which are the ninth, tenth, and eleventh miracles of Christ that Mark records. Note that […]

Jesus’ Parables – Mark 4

Read the Passage: Mark 4 Parable of the Soils (4:1–20) The Parable of the Soils, which is the longest of all of Jesus’ parables, is also recorded at Matt. 13:1–23 […]

Early Galilean Ministry – Mark 3

Read the Passage: Mark 3 Healing (3:1–6) The Sabbath is an important theme in this book, as in his Gospel Mark mentions the Sabbath 11 times. In Mark 2:23–28 Jesus […]

Healing of a Paralytic – Mark 2:1–12

Read the Passage: Mark 2:1-12 Faith of the Paralytic (2:1–5) As this chapter begins we find Jesus in Capernaum, where He had taken up temporary residence, likely in Peter’s home […]

Mark: Introduction – Mark 1

Read the Passage: Mark 1 Authorship and Date – As with all the Gospel narratives, the Gospel of Mark is technically anonymous. The name of John Mark, however, has long […]

Joshua’s Farewell – Joshua 23–24

Read the Passage: Joshua 23-24 Joshua’s Address (23:1–16) The final two chapters of the book of Joshua contain Joshua’s farewell speeches to Israel, as well as an account of Joshua’s […]

Occupying the Land – Joshua 13–22

Read the Passage: Joshua 13-22 Division of the Land (13:1–19:51) The contents of Joshua 13–19 may seem boring to some readers, as they report—in a monotonous fashion—the division of the […]

Confronting Sin – Joshua 7

Read the Passage: Joshua 7 Result of Sin (7:1–9) The first verse in Joshua 7 gives an overview of the contents of the chapter. In sum, this chapter narrates the […]

The Capture of Jericho – Joshua 5:13–6:27

Read the Passage: Joshua 5:13-6:27 Divine Commander (5:13–15) Joshua 2–5 covers some important events in the history of Israel. Joshua 2, which likely occurred chronologically before the events in Joshua […]

Joshua: Introduction – Joshua 1

Read the Passage: Joshua 1 Authorship and Date – The book of Joshua is one of 12 historical books in the Old Testament. Joshua means “the Lord is salvation” and […]

Church Admonitions – James 5

Read the Passage: James 5 Regarding Oppression (5:1–6) Several times in this epistle James has addressed the topic of wealth and poverty, focusing upon the dangers of material wealth and […]