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  JESUS SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY 21And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “BE SILENT AND COME OUT OF HIM!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. MARK 1:21-28 COMMENTARY This event took place after our Lord returned from Judea


  IS POLYGYNY ALLOWED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? Polygyny, the act of a male marrying more than one wife at the same time, and it has been practiced by many human communities around the world, through history. From Far Asia to the Near East, as well as in Africa and the American continent before European migration. The Jewish people were not exception, as the practice was widespread and accepted in their world. Since there is not explicit prohibition in the NT about the Jewish practice of polygyny, the question has risen at times, are Christians theologically allowed in the Scripture to marry more than one wife at the same time? Or if not, where is the Scriptural prohibition stated? GOD’s VIEW ON MARRIAGE The first marriage was established by God when He created a man and a woman, and He commanded and blessed their marital union, with the purpose of providing mutual help, emotional support, and physical contact with procreation. (Gn 1:27-28; 2:18, 24-25) Adam and Eve were co


  JESUS PREACHES REPENTANCE 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “THE TIME IS FULFILLED, AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND; REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL.” 16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “FOLLOW ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU BECOME FISHERS OF MEN.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. MARK 1:14-20 COMMENTARY This narrative starts from when Lord Jesus returned to Judea after the temptations in the desert (Mt 4:12; Mk 1:14; Jn 3:22, 24). After preaching there and meeting Andrew and another of John’s disciples


  WAS THE BIBLICAL FLOOD GLOBAL OR LOCAL? It has been discussed many times from the 19 th century, if the flood described in Genesis chapters 6 to 8, had a global scope or was just universal, meaning just local enough to kill all humans in existence at the time, and the animals that surrounded them. Though traditionally Christians have understood the event to have global reach; from the time of biblical criticism, the idea extended, that if the flood was sent expressly to annihilate humanity, it would have been unnecessary to flood the whole planet to do it, and a local event could have achieved that. THE ARGUMENTS FOR LOCAL FLOODING There are three main reasons the ones who profess a local flooding hold: 1 – LIMITED POPULATION Given the birth of humanity around Mesopotamia, it is assumed all humanity exited only around the Middle East. God only needed to flood from the coasts of the Mediterranean to Iran, and from Turkey to the Arabian Peninsula to annihilate all humans.


  IS IT CORRECT TO TRANSLATE ‘PARADOSIS’ AS ‘TEACHINGS’ INSTEAD OF ‘TRADITIONS’? There are three occasions in the NT when the Greek word ‘παραδόσεις’, which literally means ‘Traditions’, is sometimes translated as ‘Teachings’. The passages are 1Corinthians 11:2, 2Thessalonians 2:15, and 2Thessalonians 3:6. THE LITERAL VERSION In the original Greek, the passages are these: 1 CORINTHIANS 11:2 Ἐ παιν ῶ δ ὲ ὑ μ ᾶ ς, ὅ τι πάντα μου μέμνησθε κα ὶ καθ ὼ ς παρέδωκα ὑ μ ῖ ν τ ὰ ς παραδόσεις κατέχετε. “Now I commend you, because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” 2 THESSALONIANS 2:15 Ἄ ρα ο ὖ ν, ἀ δελφοί, στήκετε, κα ὶ κρατε ῖ τε τ ὰ ς παραδόσεις ἃ ς ἐ διδάχθητε, ε ἴ τε δι ὰ λόγου, ε ἴ τε δι' ἐ πιστολ ῆ ς ἡ μ ῶ ν. “So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, whether by word, or by letter from us” 2 THESSALONIANS 3:6 Παραγγέλλομεν δ ὲ ὑ μ ῖ ν, ἀ δελφοί, ἐ ν ὀ νόμ


  JESUS CALLS THE FIRST DISCIPLES 35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So, they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). JOHN 1:35-42 COMMENTARY We know from the synoptics, that Lord Jesus was taken by the Holy S