M A R K.
Mark's narrative does not take rise so early as
those of Matthew and Luke do, from the birth of our Saviour, but
from John's baptism, from which he soon passes to Christ's public
ministry. Accordingly, in this chapter, we have, I. The office of
John Baptist illustrated by the prophecy of him (ver. 1-3), and by the history of him,
ver. 4-8. II. Christ's
baptism, and his being owned from heaven, ver. 9-11. III. His temptation, ver. 12, 13. IV. His preaching,
ver. 14, 15, 21, 22, 38,
39. V. His calling disciples, ver. 16-20. VI. His praying, ver. 35. VII. His working miracles. 1.
His rebuking an unclean spirit, ver.
23-28. 2. His curing Peter's mother-in-law, who was ill
of a fever, ver. 29-31.
3. His healing all that came to him, ver. 32, 34. 4. His cleansing a leper,