M A R K.
A great variety of observable passages we have, in
this chapter, concerning our Lord Jesus, the substance of all which
we had before in Matthew, but divers circumstances we have, which
we did not there meet with. Here is, I. Christ contemned by his
countrymen, because he was one of them, and they knew, or thought
they knew, his original, ver.
1-6. II. The just power he gave his apostles over
unclean spirits, and an account given of their negotiation,
ver. 7-13. III. A strange
notion which Herod and others had of Christ, upon which occasion we
have the story of the martyrdom of John Baptist, ver. 14-29. IV. Christ's retirement into a
desert place with his disciples; the crowds that followed him
thither to receive instruction from him; and his feeding five
thousand of them with five loaves and two fishes, ver. 30-44. V. Christ's walking
upon the sea to his disciples, and the abundance of cures he
wrought on the other side of the water, ver. 45-56.