Chapter One Questions
God and the demons recognize and acknowledge Jesus as son of God.
Nearly all humans in Mark’s gospels did not acknowledge Jesus as God’s son.
Discipleship involves self-denial and willingness to lose one’s life either physically as there was the danger of persecution from both Jews and Romans (Mark 4:16-17;13:9) or metaphorically.
In the gospel of Mark, the disciples are characterized as lacking human nature, who doubted, feared, fail to understand and unfaithful.
They were characterized in that way because none of the people who saw any great works of power are shown to acknowledge Jesus identity as the son of God, and they left without understanding.
The patterns relate to the teaching on discipleship because it shows that teaching is important and a fuller appreciation of the pattern comes from examining who recognizes and acknowledges Jesus as the son of God in Mark’s Gospel.