Both Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations.
Revelation states that the “beast” was “given” the authority to operate for a period of “forty-two months,” power over the nations, and the right to “wage war against the saints and to overcome them.” Satan’s creature could not wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted by the “Lamb.”
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SYNOPSIS – Despite a tremendous miracle, the calming of a tempest, the disciples continued to lack faith – Mark 4:35-41.
After teaching a multitude in the vicinity of Capernaum, Jesus set out across the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. During their passage, a violent storm blew down on the lake and frightened the disciples. Storms were common on the lake and several of the disciples were fishermen familiar with the area. To be so frightened indicates a particularly severe storm. The Greek rendered “storm” can mean “hurricane, tempest, whirlwind.”
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SYNOPSIS – Jesus responded to criticisms over his looseness to Sabbath regulations by demonstrating that he is Lord of the “Sabbath Day” – Mark 2:23-3:6.
On one occasion in Galilee, a group of religious leaders objected to the looseness of Jesus to their Sabbath Day traditions, but he used the opportunity to demonstrate that the Messiah, the “Son of Man,” is “Lord” even over that day. God did cease His creative activities on the seventh day; however, the formal establishment of the Sabbath as a regulated day did not occur until the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.
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SYNOPSIS – Jesus healed a paralytic, demonstrating the authority of the Son of Man to discharge sins – Mark 2:1-12.
This next story is part of a larger literary unit that extends from Mark 2:1 through Mark 3:6. It is comprised of five stories that highlight the conflicts between Jesus and the religious authorities associated with the Temple in Jerusalem, primarily, over issues of ritual purity and Sabbath regulations. The present story follows the cleansing of the leper and there are several parallels between the two incidents.
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SYNOPSIS – The authoritative and completed “word” of God has been “spoken” in the Son – All previous “words” were preparatory and partial – Hebrews 1:1-3.
The letter to the Hebrews compares what God achieved in Jesus to the provisional and partial revelation provided previously in the Mosaic legislation. The contrast is between the finality and fullness of the revelation in Jesus versus the incomplete one under the old covenant.
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