Jesus out of control? A conflict between the Father and the Son? Who's idea was it to save the world anyway? Mark addresses the situation in his Gospel.
This is part of a series on mirror-reading the books of the Bible. You can view all posts in the series here. They are only cursory mirror-readings, and although I give evidence for their validity, further research is desired for support.
Mirror-Reading the Gospel Of Mark Gives Us A Greater Understanding
False teachers were arguing that, yes, Jesus did provide salvation for the Gentiles, but that was not God's plan. Jesus was not loved by God and God disapproved of him. Jesus was a son that had gone rogue, and saving the Gentiles was not God the Father's will. Mark responds to this false teaching in the Gospel of Mark.
How Mark Proved That Jesus Had Not Gone Rogue
Mark points out twice that Jesus is not just God the Father's son, but His beloved son. There was no schism between the two, and God the Father was pleased with Jesus.
And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
Secondly, when it came to the whole idea of dying on the cross for the sins of the world (including the Gentiles), Mark is sure to point out that it was, in fact, God the Father's will.
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
What Do You Think?
What do you think of this mirror-reading of Gospel of Mark? @@Was Mark trying counter the idea that there was a schism between the Father and the Son?@@ What other situations do you think Mark was responding to?