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The Simple Gospel?

Mark always catches the opposition for being the ignorant and simple.  However, the fact that Mark laid the foundation for all the succeeding Gospels is seldom conceded.  Where did Mark get all of his wisdom?  Here is another one of those oxymorons.  Mark turns out to be the scribe of Peter.  There again, saying that Mark was Peter’s scribe causes us to think that we should dismiss this book and move on to bigger and better things.  However, bigger is not always better.  Our world is preoccupied with fast and easy.  Well, here you are.  Mark is the fast and easy Gospel. On the other hand, is it? 

What complexities lay behind the simple text?

The Mesorah of Mark

We have begun our series labeled the “Mesorah of Mark.”   Why have we used this title?  Why did we deviate from “Gospel”?

We have selected the title Mesorah because the Hebrew word “Mesorah” means tradition.   When most readers read this, they will think that I am referring to the “tradition” that was passed down concerning Yeshua.  Quite the reverse, this is not my point.   When I refer to “Mesorah”, I am using the genuine Hebraic thought concerning Mesorah.

This being the case, Mark’s book would open with these words.  “The beginning of the Mesorah of Yeshua HaMashiach son of the judge.”  Well, this needs a bit of clarification.

First, the Hebrew word “beginning” used by Mark is “raysheet.”  The Hebrew word “raysheet” means beginning.  However, it does not mean first in an order of events.  This is the case with the Hebrew phrase “braysheet,” “in the beginning” as recorded in the book of Genesis.  The Hebrew word “raysheet” means the chief or most important part of something.  In other words, Yeshua is the choicest or chief part of the Masorah i.e. Oral Law.  This ought to catch some opposition.  Many of Yeshua’ followers detest this word and idea. 

Before we detest too much maybe, we should look a little deeper. How so?  What I am saying here is that Yeshua is the foundation for all of the Oral Law. John suggested that if we loved Yeshua we would keep his commandments (14:15). This being true, we should want to know his commandments. I have heard the old cliché that this means love your neighbor ect. I do not buy this load of bunk. Why? Because Yeshua said far more than just love G-d and neighbor. A life and ministry as great as his is insulted by such a naive remark. I am sure that other will concur that we have far greater truths to learn.

In the coming weeks we will delve into the mystery of Mark, the depth of Peter’s teaching and the power of a single life.

 

Lectionary

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Nisan 08, 5776April 15/16, 2016

Nisan 01, 5776April 08/09, 2016

II Adar 23, 5776 – April 01/02, 2016

הַגָּדוֹל

HaGadol

“The Great”

“El Grande”

Gen. 27:28 – 28:9

Hos 14:6-10+Joel 1:1-3+2:12-13

 

Special: Malachi 3:4-24*

 

Psalms 23:1-6

 

N.C.: Mk 3:11-12; Lk 6:19; Acts 5:42

 

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הַחֹדֶשׁ

HaChodesh

“The New Moon”

“El novilunio

Shemot (Exodus) 11:1 – 12:28

B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: Ezekiel 45:18 - 46:15

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 66:1, 23

 

Proverbs 7:1-27

 

N.C.: Col. 2:16-23; 1 Cor. 5:6-8

 

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פָרָה אֲדֻמָּה

Parah Adumah

“A red heifer”

“Una vaca bermeja

B’midbar (Numbers) 19:1 – 20:13‎

B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: Ezekiel 36:16-38‎

 Special: I Samuel 20:18,42

 

Psalm 110:1-7

 

N.C.: Bereans (Hebrews) 8:1 – 9:14‎

 

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II Adar 16, 5776 – March. 25/26, 2016

II Adar 09, 5776 – March. 18/19, 2016

II Adar 02, 5776 – March. 11/12, 2016

שׁוּב אֶל-אֶרֶץ

Shuv El-Eretz

“Return unto the Land”

Vuelvete a la tierra

B’resheet (Gen.) 31:3 – 32:3

 

Ashlamatah: Jer. 30:10-18 + 22

 

Psalm 26:1-12

 

N.C.: Jude 4-5, Luke 6:27-42, Acts 7:1-53

 

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זָכוֹר

Zakhor

“Remember”

Acuérdate

Debarim (Deut.) 24:19 – 25:19

Ashlamatah: I Samuel 15:1-34

 

Psalm 2:1-12

 

N.C.: Rev. 13:11 – 14:12; 15:2-4

וַיִּזְכֹּר אֱלֹהִים

Vayizkor Elohim

“And GOD remembered”

“Y se acordó Dío

Shemot (Exodus) 30:22 – 31:2

Ashlamatah: I Sam 1:11-19, 22

 

Psalm 25:1-22

 

N.C.: Jude 3; Lk 6:24-26; Acts 6:8-15

 

 

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1 Adar 25,5776

1 Adar 18, 5772

1 Adar 11, 5772 - Feb. 19/20, 2016

מַחֲצִית הַשֶּׁקֶל

MaChatsit HaSheqel

“Half a Shekel”

“Medio Shequel

Shemot (Exodus) 30:1-38

B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: II Kings 11:17–12:17

Special: I Samuel 20:18, 42

Psalm 104:1-35

Mishle (Proverbs) 7:1-27

N.C.: Matityahu (Matt.) 17:24-27

וַיַּרְא יהוה

VaYar’ Adonai”

“And saw Ha-Shem”

“Y vió Ha-Shem”

B’Resheet (Gen) 29:31 – 30:21

Ashlamatah: 1 Sam. 1:2-11 + 2:28

 

Psalm 24:1-10

 

N.C.: Jude 1-2, Luke 6:19-23, Acts 6:7

 

 

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וַיֵּצֵא יַעֲקֹב

Vayetse Ya’aqov

“And left Jacob”

“Y salió Jacob”

B’resheet (Gen.) 28:10 – 29:30

Ashlamatah: Hos 12:13 – 13:5 + 14:9-10

Psalms 23:1-6

 

N.C.: Mk. 3:13-19a;

Luke 6:12-16; Acts 6:1-6

 

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1 Adar 04, 5776

Shebat 20, 5776 – Jan 29-30, 2016

Shebat 13, 5776 – Jan 22-23, 2016

וְיִתֶּן-לְךָ

Vayiten L’kha

“And give you”

“Y te

B’resheet (Gen.) 27:28 – 28:9

Ashlamatah: Hos 14:6-10 + Joel 1:1-3 + 2:12-13

 

Psalms 22:1-32

 

 N.C.: Mk. 3:11-12; Luke 6:19; Acts 5:42

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וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת

V’Eleh Tol’dot

“And these are the Generations”

“Y estas son las Generaciones

B’resheet (Gen.) 25:19 – 26:35

Ashlamatah: Is  65:23 – 66:8

 

Psalms 19:1-15

 

N.C.: Mark 3:1-6

Luke 6:6-11 & Acts 5:17-32

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וָאָבֹא הַיּוֹם, אֶל-הָעָיִן

Va’avo HaYom El HaAyin

“And I came today to the fountain”

“Y llegué hoy a la fuente

B’resheet (Gen.) 24:42 – 25:18

Ashlamatah: Is 12:3 - 13:4 + 14:1-2

 

Psalms 18:1-51

 

N.C.: Mark 2:23-28

Luke 6:1-5 & Acts 5:12-16

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Shebat 20, 5776

וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת

V’Eleh Tol’dot

“And these are the Generations”

“Y estas son las Generaciones

B’resheet (Gen.) 25:19 – 26:35

Ashlamatah: Is.  65:23 – 66:8

Psalms 19:1-15

 

N.C.: Mark 3:1-6

Luke 6:6-11 & Acts 5:17-32

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Shebat 13, 5776

וָאָבֹא הַיּוֹם, אֶל-הָעָיִן

Va’avo HaYom El HaAyin

“And I came today to the fountain”

“Y llegué hoy a la fuente

B’resheet (Gen.) 24:42 – 25:18

Ashlamatah: Is 12:3 - 13:4 + 14:1-2

Psalms 18:1-51

 

N.C.: Mark 2:23-28

Luke 6:1-5 & Acts 5:12-16

Shebat 06, 5776

וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן

V’Abraham Zaqen”

“And Abraham was old”

“Y Abraham [era] anciano

B’resheet (Gen.) 24:1-41

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 51:2-11

Psalms 17:1-15

 

N.C.: Mark 2:21-22

Luke 5:36-39 & Acts 5:7-11

Tebet 28, 5776

וְהָאֱלֹהִים, נִסָּה

V’HaElohim Nisah

“And G-d tested”

“Y Dio probó

B’resheet (Gen.) 22:1 – 23:20

BaMidbar (Num.) 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 33:7-16 + 22

Special: I Sam. 20:18 & 42

Psalms 16:1-11

 

N.C.: Mark 2:18-20

Luke 5:33-35 & Acts 5:1-6

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Tebet 21, 5776

Tebet 14, 5776

Tebet 07, 5776

 

וַיהוָה פָּקַד

VaAdonai Paqad

“And Ha-Shem visited”

“Y visitó el SEÑOR”

B’resheet (Gen.) 21:1-34

Ashlamatah: I Sam 2:21-28 + 3:19-20

Psalms 15:1-5

 

N.C.: Mark 2:13-17

Luke 5:27-32 & Acts 4:32-37

 

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וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים

VayaVou Sh’nei HaMal’akhim

“And came the two angels”

Llegaron, pues, los dos ángeles

B’resheet (Gen.) Gen. 19:1 – 20:18

Ashlamatah: Judges 19:16-24 + 20:27

Psalms 14:1-7

 

N.C.: Mark 2:1-12

Luke 5:17-26 & Acts 4:23-31

 וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו

Vayera Elav

“And appears”

“Y se le apareció

B’resheet (Gen.) 18:1-33

Ashlamatah: Is. 33:14-17 + 35:10

Psalms 13

 

N.C.: Mark 1:40-45; Lk. 5:12-16

Acts 4:13-22

 

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Kislev 23, 5776

Kislev 16, 5776

Kislev 09, 5776

וַיְהִי אַבְרָם

Vay’hi Abram”

“And when Abram was”

“Y cuando Abram tenía

B’resheet (Gen.) Gen. 17:1-27

Ashlamatah: Jer. 33:25 – 34:5 + 34:8-13

Psalms 12:1-9

 

N.C.: Mark 1:35-39 Luke 4:42-44 & Acts 4:5-12

בַּמַּחֲזֶה, לֵאמֹר

BaMahazeh, Lemor

“In a vision saying”

en visión, diciendo:”

B’resheet (Gen.) Gen. 15:1 - 16:16

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 1:1-8 + 2:2-3

Psalms 11:1-7

 

N.C.: Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41 &

Acts 4:1-4

וַיְהִי, בִּימֵי אַמְרָפֶל

Vay’hi Bimei Amrafel

“And in the days of Amraphel

“Y en los días de Amrafel

B’resheet (Gen.) Gen. 14:1-24

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 41:2-5 + 8-13

Psalms 10:1-18

 

N.C.: Mark 1:29-31

Luke 4:38-39 & Acts 3:17-26

 

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