Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Volume 2: Mark

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1857

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9781848711297

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Jul 1, 2012

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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Clothbound)

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Mark

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First published in 1857, Mark was the second book to appear in J. C. Ryle’s series of Expository Thoughts on the Gospels.

The earliest of the Gospel narratives to be written, Mark, says Ryle, ‘is singularly full of precious facts about the Lord Jesus, narrated in a simple, terse, pithy, and condensed style’. Those last four adjectives could well be used to describe Ryle’s own comments on the Gospel!

In one of the occasional explanatory notes, he quotes the following remarks of Rudolf Stier:

St Mark has the special gift of terse brevity, and of graphic painting in wonderful combination. While on every occasion he compresses the discourses, works, and history into the simplest possible kernel, he on the other hand, unfolds the scenes more clearly than St Matthew does, who excels in the discourses. Not only do single incidents become in his hands complete pictures, but even when he is very brief, he often gives, with one pencil stroke, something new and peculiarly his own.

These Expository Thoughts on Mark do full justice to such an inspired text, and are full of encouragement, wisdom and straightforward practical application. May they continue to fulfil Ryle’s desire to lead the reader ‘to Christ and faith in him, to repentance and holiness, to the Bible and to prayer’.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

1:1-8 The gospel begun by John the Baptist’s ministry 1
1:9-20 Christ’s baptism, temptation, and calling of his first disciples 5
1:21-34 An unclean spirit cast out—Peter’s wife’s mother healed 9
1:35-39 Christ’s private prayers—purpose of Christ’s coming into the world 13
1:40-45 A leper cleansed 17
2:1-12 Privileges of Capernaum—one sick of the palsy healed 21
2:13-22 Calling of Levi—Christ the physician of souls—new wine and old bottles 24
2:23-28 The right view of the sabbath day expounded 29
3:1-12 The man with the withered hand healed on the sabbath day—Christ watched by his enemies and grieved 34
3:13-21 Ordination of the twelve apostles—Christ’s zeal misunderstood by his friends 38
3:22-30 Warning against divisions—fulness of gospel forgiveness—eternal damnation 42
3:31-55 Christ’s brother, and sister, and mother 47
4:1-20 Parable of the sower 49
4:21-25 Light not to be put under a bushel—importance of hearing, and of using what we hear 54
4:26-29 Parable of the seed cast into the ground 57
4:30-34 Parable of the grain of mustard seed 61
4:35-41 Storm on the Sea of Galilee miraculously calmed 65
5:1-17 A devil cast out in the country of the Gadarenes 69
5:18-20 The man that had been possessed with the devil sent home to his friends 74
5:21-34 The woman with an issue of blood healed 77
5:35-43 The ruler’s daughter raised to life 82
6:1-6 Christ in his own country—the sin of unbelief 84
6:7-13 The first sending forth of the apostles to preach 89
6:14-29 John the Baptist put to death by Herod 92
6:30-34 The apostles’ return from preaching—the importance of rest—Christ’s compassion 97
6:35-46 The multitude fed with five loaves and two fishes 100
6:47-56 Christ walking on the water 103
7:1-13 The religion of the Pharisees 106
7:14-23 The heart the true source of impurity 111
7:24-30 The Syrophoenician woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit 114
7:31-37 Healing of one who was deaf and dumb 117
8:1-13 The multitude fed with seven loaves—unbelief of the Pharisees 121
8:14-21 Warning against false doctrine—slowness to understand in disciples 124
8:22-26 The blind man at Bethsaida healed 127
8:27-33 Peter’s noble confession of faith—Peter’s ignorance of the necessity of Christ’s death 129
8:34-38 Necessity of self-denial—value of the soul— danger of being ashamed of Christ 133
9:1-13 Christ’s transfiguration 137
9:14-29 The boy with an unclean spirit healed 141
9:30-37 The crucifixion predicted—humility enforced 146
9:38-50 A tolerant spirit enjoined—the necessity of self-sacrifice—the reality of hell 149
10:1-12 The right view of marriage expounded 154
10:13-16 Young children brought to Christ—a plea for infant baptism 159
10:17-27 The young man who had great possessions— Christ’s love to sinners—the peril of being rich 163
10:28-34 Encouragement to forsake all for Christ’s sake— Christ’s foreknowledge of his own sufferings 166
10:35-45 Ignorance of the sons of Zebedee—lowliness and self-devotion enforced by Christ’s example 170
10:46-52 Blind Bartimæus healed 175
11:1-11 Christ’s public entry into Jerusalem, and voluntary poverty 178
11:12-21 Christ’s manhood—the fig-tree cursed—the temple cleansed 182
11:22-26 Importance of faith—necessity of a forgiving spirit 186
11:27-33 Spiritual blindness of the chief priests and scribes—mental dishonesty of prejudiced unbelievers 190
12:1-12 Parable of the wicked husbandmen 194
12:13-17 The tribute, and the respective claims of Cæsar and of God 198
12:18-27 The Sadducees, and the doctrine of the resurrection 201
12:28-34 The scribes, and the great commandment of all 206
12:35-44 Christ in the Psalms—warning against hypocrisy—the widow’s mite 209
13:1-8 Beginning of the prophecy on the Mount of Olives 213
13:9-13 What Christ’s people must expect between his first and second advents 218
13:14-23 The lawfulness of using means to provide for our safety—privileges of the elect 222
13:24-31 Second coming of Christ described—importance of observing signs of the times 225
13:32-37 Uncertainty of the time of Christ’s second advent — duty of watchfulness 229
14:1-9 Crafty designs of the chief priests overruled— anointing in the house at Bethany 233
14:10-16 Judas Iscariot undertakes to betray Christ for money—connection between time of passover and time of crucifixion 237
14:17-25 Institution of the Lord’s supper 241
14:26-31 Christ’s foreknowledge of his disciples’ weakness—self-ignorance of believers 246
14:32-42 Agony in the garden—infirmity of the apostles 249
14:43-52 Christ taken prisoner by his enemies 253
14:53-65 Christ condemned before the high priest 257
14:66-72 Peter denies Christ three times 261
15:1-15 Christ condemned before Pilate 264
15:16-32 Christ mocked and crucified 268
15:33-38 Christ’s death, and signs accompanying it 271
15:39-47 Christ’s burial 275
16:1-8 The power of love to Christ—the stone rolled away—mercy to backsliders 279
16:9-14 Proofs of the resurrection—kindness to great sinners—weakness of believers 282
16:15-18 The apostles’ commission—the terms of the gospel—the promise to faithful labourers 286
16:19-20 Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God—the word of faithful preachers confirmed by signs 289

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