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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Mark Chapter 14

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John Mark
Date Penned: (55-65 AD)
Overview: Mark Records the 1st Gospel Written (c 1-16)
Theme:  The Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Servant (c 14-16)
Message: Jesus' path to the Cross, full of Betrayal  (v 1-33)

Mark 14 Commentary

(14:1-2) Religious Leaders Pot to Kill Jesus - Mark’s account of the final acts in Jesus’ ministry begins with a simple summary of the scene. It was almost Passover. Jesus’ enemies were looking for a way to kill him. Their concern about timing had to do with keeping control of the people. They wanted to kill Jesus without anyone noticing. But God had a different purpose in the timing of events.

(14:3-9) A Woman Anoints Jesus with Perfume - Matthew and Mark put this event just before the Last Supper, while John included it just before the Triumphal Entry. Of the three, John placed this event in the most likely chronological position. Mark sandwiched this beautiful event between two sections dealing with the plot to eliminate Jesus. This act of devotion by Mary, who is a true heroine in this narrative, is contrasted with the treachery of the villains—the religious leaders and Judas.

(14:10-11) Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus - Each of the Gospel writers reported Judas’s treachery with remarkable restraint. Their treatment of Peter’s denial actually seems harsher than their references to the betrayer. Mark, the shortest account, conveys the simple facts. The enemies of Jesus were delighted. We’re not told how Judas felt at this point. Since Mark was reflecting Peter’s account, the reticence about Judas may indicate Peter’s shame in recalling his own treatment of Jesus. We are much more likely to present a fair picture of the flaws and faults of others if we keep our own clearly in sight.

(14:12-16) Disciples Prepare for the Passover - Jesus and his disciples had been together long enough to celebrate Passover several times. Apparently, despite the gloominess of Jesus’ predictions and the tension of constant scrutiny by the religious leaders, the disciples tried to keep a semblance of normality. They asked Jesus for instructions about Passover. His response indicates that he had planned their itinerary in advance.

(14:17-26) Jesus and the Disciples Share the Last Supper - We know from John’s Gospel that a great deal was said during the Passover meal. But Mark mentioned only two central events that occurred during the supper itself. First, Jesus disclosed that there was a betrayer among them. Then he instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

(14:27-31) Jesus Again Predicts Peter's Denial - Both Luke and John reported that Jesus predicted both the disciples’ abandonment and Peter’s denial while they were still having supper. True to form, Peter reacted strongly to Jesus’ prediction. He could not imagine the disciples abandoning Jesus. Least of all himself. But before we criticize Peter, we should first see ourselves in him. Peter reminds us how easy it is to profess our faith and how difficult it is to remain loyal under pressure.

(14:32-42) Jesus Agonizes in the Garden - Apart from the Cross itself, the moments in Gethsemane were the most intense in Jesus’ life. He experienced the crushing weight of the task he was about to undertake. He witnessed the weakness that his disciples demonstrated by falling asleep. He saw the betrayer coming. And he sensed with anguish that the cup would not pass. He 
would drink it alone. The Cross did not catch Jesus by surprise. His self-sacrifice was deliberate, calculated, and undertaken with a great flow of human emotions that we can see in the garden.

(14:43-52) Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested - All four Gospels describe the moment of betrayal, but Mark’s version is the shortest. He moved rapidly through the sequence of events. Mark alone added the description of a young man wrapped in a sheet who left his only covering behind in his hurry to escape. Many think this was Mark’s own, somewhat humorous, signature to the Gospel. In spite of all they had seen and heard with Jesus, when the moment of truth arrived, the disciples all fled. When we feel safe in our surroundings or we take life lightly, it is easy to consider ourselves prepared for anything. The disciples trusted in Jesus all right, but their trust came and went with what they saw and felt. As long as the Lord was in control, everything was fine. But when external circumstances changed, the weakness of their faith was revealed. Hardships open our eyes and enable us to deal with our true character.

(14:53-65) Caiaphas Questions Jesus - Only John records the events immediately following Jesus’ capture. The other Gospels go right to the preliminary hearing at Annas’s house. All of the accounts convey that the religious leaders had already decided Jesus’ fate. Jesus’ opponents merely wanted to solidify their case against him. The parade of false witnesses highlighted the murderous intent of the religious leaders. They eagerly acted out their hatred for Jesus with spitting, striking, and taunting. Injustice turned to brutality.

(14:66-72) Peter Denies Knowing Jesus - As soon as Peter opened his mouth, he gave himself away. His accent was Galilean. He was an out-of-towner who couldn’t explain his presence in the high priest’s courtyard. The disciple’s earlier brash confidence wilted under pressure. Each denial distanced Peter farther from Jesus: First, he denied being with Jesus in any way; second, he denied being one of Jesus’ followers; third, he strenuously denied even knowing Jesus. Few of us get repeated opportunities, as Peter did, to profess or reject our allegiance to Christ. More often, our first denial of Jesus would keep away any further inquiries. But it is not our identification with Peter’s weakness that helps us most. Rather, what happened later becomes our source of hope. Peter’s repentance and the Lord’s restoration of him give us confidence that God can handle our failures.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do You Worship the Lord in Your Givivg?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 14. In our text today we see Mark's account of the plot to kill Jesus, Judas betrayal, the last supper, Jesus in the garden, and Caiaphas questions Jesus. What catches my eye is verse 3 where the woman having an very valuable alabaster box of ointment, break it, and anointed Jesus before the crucifixion. In making application we see a true example of worship as this woman gave the equivalent of a years wages to give a gift that was her most prized possession to worship and anoint Jesus in front of all these who chose to not worship. How about You? Do you worship the Lord? Do you worship the Lord in giving of your finances, time, and talents? Let us learn form our text today and the women with the Alabaster Box as she showed us an example of true worship giving her most prized possession to show her love for the Lord. 


Mark 14

Mark 14

 1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

 2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

 3And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

 4And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

 5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

 6And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

 7For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

 8She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

 9Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

 10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

 11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

 12And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?

 13And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

 14And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

 15And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

 16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

 17And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.

 18And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.

 19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

 20And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

 21The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

 22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

 23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

 25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

 26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

 27And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

 28But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

 29But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

 30And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

 31But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

 32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

 34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

 38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

 39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

 40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

 42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

 43And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

 44And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

 45And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

 46And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

 47And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

 48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?

 49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

 50And they all forsook him, and fled.

 51And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:

 52And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

 53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

 54And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.

 55And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.

 56For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

 57And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,

 58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

 59But neither so did their witness agree together.

 60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

 61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

 62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

 63Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?

 64Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

 65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

 66And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:

 67And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.

 68But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

 69And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

 70And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.

 71But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

 72And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.