The parables are stories with deeper meanings. The beauty of the parable is that it is independent of the local context or time. Still, it was relevant in the time and context when the parable was told.
The parable of the sower (Mark 4) illustrates different responses to the Word of God. Jesus, the Word of God, was among them. Still there were those who believed and those who did not believe.
Those who believed were healed and forgiven. Those who did not believe asked Jesus to leave them (5:17), laughed at him (5:40), took offense at him (6:3). Jesus...
When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” - Mark 3:21
Mark records the story of Jesus in a linear fashion. Jesus’ public ministry has surprised people around him. They were in a state of wonder and disbelief.
In the first chapter the response was of awe.
“What is this? A new teaching—and with authority!”.
In the second chapter it turns into questions.
“Why does this fellow talk like that?”
By the time we reach third chapter we see conclusions,...
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.” - Mark 2:21
A few years back, we attempted to build a product for legal professionals. It was to store the electronic copies of court judgments in India and its digital summaries, for easy reference and citation. Where the law is not explicit or clear, these judgments can be used as precedences to argue the case. These “case laws” guide and conserve the line of interpretation of statutory laws.
As a human...
I have started reading the Gospel of Mark. To keep the habit going on, I decided to “mark my words”; in this blog.
The Gospel of Mark starts with the ministry of Jesus. In all the events described in the first chapter, we see a transformation - in people. As I read the chapter this time around, two events stood out.
First, it was John the Baptist who preached the baptism of repentance. He had a following, and people went from Jerusalem to the wilderness to listen to John’s message. When Jesus arrived, the roles reversed. John acknowledged Jesus, and...
“I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land”.
Exodus is a recurring theme in Bible. God reminds Israel over and over again, though many prophets, how the nation was saved from slavery, through the journey they willingly undertook, though unwillingly completed. While the Exodus was filled with hardships, we do not see much hardships mentioned when Jacob’s brothers moved to Egypt. Of course, the Exodus had a long-winding route, making it difficult to return, compared to the move.
It seems like one of the expectations from God to Israel was that they...
One of my favourite Bible studies and character is Elijah. He is still considered to be one of the greatest prophets, who was equalled with Moses during the transfiguration of Jesus. While studying Elijah, one thing that remains in my memory - he was vulnerable; often referred as Elijah syndrome, which I do not agree with.
Elijah had done a daring act just before his fleeing act. He had single-handedly challenged Ahab the King, publicly displayed the power upon him, taunted the Baal prophets and executed them with the help of people, all four hundred and fifty of them. And...
I have been always fascinated with Romans. Part of it is the thrill of unraveling the mysteries from the Old Testament era. Paul helps us understand the prophecies and symbols that were present in the Torah. It is another thing to read through Paul’s writings to understand what it meant to the Christian’s in the first century. And finally, how it all applies to us today.
I see Romans as three sections. Chapters 1-8, 9-11, and 12-16; not considering greetings as a separate section. The first section talks about the Christian theology in detail, deals with the difficult subjects like...
I have been maintaining a personal blog from 2003 or so. Forgot the exact date, but that’s the year I registered this domain name. Some years back I have started writing technical articles. And that made me think about my the third personality - spiritual. So here am I. I am going to put down my thoughts, articles and studies. For no special reason. May be as a mark that I would leave behind on this www, world wide web, or in spiritual terms whole wide world.