No marriage in heaven (Mk 12:25-12:25)

“When they rise

From the dead,

They neither marry

Nor are given

In marriage.

But they are like

The angels

In heaven.”

 

ὅταν γὰρ ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῶσιν, οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται, ἀλλ’ εἰσὶν ὡς ἄγγελοι ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.

 

Jesus continued his explanation here in Mark as in Matthew, chapter 22:30, almost word for word.  Luke, chapter 20:34-36, had a longer explanation.  Mark said that in the afterlife resurrection, when the dead rise (ὅταν γὰρ ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῶσιν), there will be no marriage or giving in marriage (οὔτε γαμοῦσιν οὔτε γαμίζονται) because they will all be like angels in the heaven (ἀλλ’ εἰσὶν ὡς ἄγγελοι ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς).  Humans will take on an angelic way of life.

 

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Jesus goes to Gennesaret (Mk 6:53-6:53)

“When they had crossed over,

They came to land

At Gennesaret.

They moored

The boat.”

Καὶ διαπεράσαντες ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ἦλθον εἰς Γεννησαρὲτ καὶ προσωρμίσθησαν.

There is something very similar to this in Matthew, chapter 14:34.  Jesus and his disciples were on the Sea of Galilee.  Their boat crossed over (Καὶ διαπεράσαντες) and landed further south.  They came to the land of Gennesaret (ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ἦλθον εἰς Γεννησαρέτ), the Greek word for Kinnereth or Chinnereth, on the central western shore of the Sea of Galilee, about 10 miles south of Capernaum.  There they anchored their boat or tied it up at the shore (καὶ προσωρμίσθησαν).

They did not understand (Mk 6:52-6:52)

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“They did not understand

About the loaves.

Because their hearts

Were hardened.”

οὐ γὰρ συνῆκαν ἐπὶ τοῖς ἄρτοις, ἀλλ’ ἦν αὐτῶν ἡ καρδία πεπωρωμένη.

This is a unique statement of Mark that seems to reprimand the disciples of Jesus.  These disciples did not understand about the multiplication of the loaves of bread (οὐ γὰρ συνῆκαν ἐπὶ τοῖς ἄρτοις) because their hearts were hardened, petrified, or calloused (ἀλλ’ ἦν αὐτῶν ἡ καρδία πεπωρωμένη).  Once again, the disciples are befuddled.

Jesus calms the wind (Mk 6:51-6:51)

“Then Jesus

Got into the boat

With them.

The wind ceased.

They were utterly

Astounded.”

καὶ ἀνέβη πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ πλοῖον, καὶ ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος· καὶ λίαν ἐκ περισσοῦ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἐξίσταντο·

Matthew, chapter 14:28-33, had Peter try to walk on water to meet Jesus.  Also, Matthew had a revelation about Jesus as the Son of God, no longer just the Son of Man.  In John, chapter 6:21, Jesus got into the boat as it was reaching land with nothing about Peter.  Mark here has Jesus enter the boat, with no indication of Peter walking on water.  There was this simple statement that Jesus got into the boat with them (καὶ ἀνέβη πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ πλοῖον).  Then, the wind ceased (καὶ ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος) and they were utterly astounded or amazed about what had happened (καὶ λίαν ἐκ περισσοῦ ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἐξίσταντο).  These disciples were continually amazed with Jesus.

In the fields (Matt 24:18-24:18)

“The one in the field

Must not turn back

To get a coat.”

 

καὶ ὁ ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ μὴ ἐπιστρεψάτω ὀπίσω ἆραι τὸ ἱμάτιον αὐτοῦ.

 

This is almost the same, word for word, in Mark, chapter 13:16, but not in Luke.  If you were in the field working (καὶ ὁ ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ), you were not to turn back or return to your house (μὴ ἐπιστρεψάτω ὀπίσω) to get or take a coat or outer garment (ἆραι τὸ ἱμάτιον αὐτοῦ).  You had no need for clothes because the end was near.