Studies In Mark Part I – “House”

September 24, 2008

As the head of the Davidic house (Mark 12:35-37), Jesus redefines leadership through the willing denial of his rights as King (9:30-32 vs. 9:33-37; 10:32-35 vs. 10:36-45).  Instead of consolidating power, Jesus invites people into the family of God (3:31-34).  Those who follow will find healing and freedom (1:29; 2:1, 5:38; 7:24) and instruction (2:1; 3:25; 7:17; 9:28, 33; 12:1-13:36) in Jesus house.  They will also find that division is not tolerated in the house, but cleansed (2:1; 3:25; 6:4, 10; 11:17) and that Jesus does not reside in a divided house (11:11, 19; 13:3, 14:3 all show Jesus exiting Jerusalem to stay in Bethany–cf. Mark 6:10; also, note how careful Mark is to point out that Jesus does not enter the High Priest’s house in Mark 14:53 as he does in Mt 26:57 and Luke 22:57).

It is no coincidence that accepting Jesus invitation to become part of his family requires the loss of all (8:34-9:1).  Rather, it is only as we submit ourselves to the willing loss of all our wealth that we will be eligible to share in the great Passover sacrifice made available in and through Christ, because those whose means were great enough were expected to provide their own lamb.

Exodus: 12:3-4

Tell the whole community of Israel, ‘In the tenth day of this month they each must take a lamb for themselves [Heb: according to the house of their fathers”]–a lamb for each [Heb: “house”].  If an household is too small fo a  lamb, the man and his next-door neighbor ar to take a lamb according to the number of people…