Mark Part XXXVIII - The New Exodus (9:44,46,48)
In the midst of Jesus' words to the disciples about the necessity of pursuing the Kingdom, he alludes to a passage from the book of Isaiah. In order to understand what Jesus is saying to the disciples, we have to understand Isaiah. And once we understand Isaiah we will be able to perceive why the disciples were so confused by Jesus' words. For Jesus simultaneously confirmed all their expectations about the Kingdom of God while radically redefining them.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.