This is similar to Matthew, chapter 27:59-60, and Luke, chapter 23:53, almost word for word. John, chapter 19:38-41 introduced Nicodemus into this burial ritual. Mark said that Joseph brought a clean linen cloth (καὶ ἀγοράσας σινδόνα). He took the body down from the cross (καθελὼν αὐτὸν). These biblical texts do not explain if he needed help with this task. Then he wrapped the body in the linen cloth (ἐνείλησεν τῇ σινδόνι). Finally, he laid Jesus’ body in his own new tomb (καὶ κατέθηκεν αὐτὸν ἐν μνήματι), that he had carved or hewn in a rock (ὃ ἦν λελατομημένον ἐκ πέτρας). He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb (καὶ προσεκύλισεν λίθον ἐπὶ τὴν θύραν τοῦ μνημείου). This seemed like a private one-person burial ritual.
This physical healing is unique to Mark. Jesus took the deaf and mute person aside in private, away from the crowd there (καὶ ἀπολαβόμενος αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου κατ’ ἰδίαν). Jesus then put his fingers into his ears (ἔβαλεν τοὺς δακτύλους αὐτοῦ εἰς τὰ ὦτα αὐτοῦ). Jesus spit and then touched his tongue (καὶ πτύσας ἥψατο τῆς γλώσσης αὐτοῦ). Jesus had just cured a young girl without any physical contact, but this healing was quite physical and dramatic.
This explanation of the importance of parables is similar to Matthew, chapter 13:34. Jesus, via Mark, presented the word (ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον), using many parables (Καὶ τοιαύταις παραβολαῖς πολλαῖς) so that they were able to hear them (καθὼς ἠδύναντο ἀκούειν). In fact, he told hem nothing that was not a parable (χωρὶς δὲ παραβολῆς οὐκ ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς). He only spoke in parables. However, he explained everything in private for his disciples (κατ’ ἰδίαν δὲ τοῖς ἰδίοις μαθηταῖς ἐπέλυεν πάντα). Both Mark and Matthew underlined the role of parables in their gospel stories. Matthew, chapter 13:35, uniquely cited a prophecy from Psalm 78:2, that Mark had not mentioned. Jesus was going to open his mouth in parables about the old-fashioned sayings, like the wisdom writers. The parables were a way of conveying wisdom, with only the initiated, his disciples, able to understand them.
Yahweh came to Ezekiel, the son of man, as usual. However, this time he had some bad news for Ezekiel. His wife, the delight of his eyes, was going to die. However, instead of the usual mourning, Yahweh told him not to mourn for his wife. He was not to weep or show any tears. He could sigh, but only in private. There would be no public mourning for his dead wife. He was to put on his turban hat and foot sandals as usual. He was not to cover his upper lip or eat the mourner’s bread. This mourner’s bread must have been some special bread for funerals. In fact, in a small town in South Dakota, a church always serves funeral potatoes, cheesy potatoes, after the funeral burial service. Ezekiel was to suffer the loss of his wife in silence, without any of the usual customary mourning ceremonies.