Tracing Mark, part 2
Mark 1:12-13
The Temptation Narrative is a Trinitarian Triumph. The Father planned it; the Spirit empowered it; the Son submitted to it.
Published March 13th, 2017
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Main point summary
Main point summary
The Temptation Narrative is a Trinitarian Triumph
Mark 1:12-13
y The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
y And he was in the wilderness forty days,
being z tempted by a Satan.
And he was with the wild animals,
and b the angels were ministering to him.
The scene shifts from the baptism (1:9-11) to the temptation. Mark does not say that Jesus went into the wilderness. He says the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. The point is that Jesus is the obedient Son, submitting to the plan of the Father in the power of the Spirit.
This text is the first offensive in Jesus' mission to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The battleground is the wilderness (repeated twice). Therefore, I divided the text into two parts: (1) how he got there (v. 12), and (2) why he went there (v. 13). There is a progression of thought from the place to the purpose.
Verse 13 is an echo chamber connecting Jesus to Israel (40 years in the wilderness) and Adam (Satan's temptation), and Psalm 91:11-13 where the wild beasts and the angels appear together.
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