Mark 1:5-11 detailed

Mark 1:5-11

And there, (people) went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

  • (1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.)

The Jordan River is significant in that it represents the boundary between the desert [dry, emptiness] and the Promised Land. In the Hebrew Bible the Jordan is referred to as the source of fertility of a large plain (“Kikkar ha-Yarden”), said to be watered like “the garden of the LORD” [Genesis 13:10]

And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

The locust was considered food as according to the Torah.

  • Leviticus 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Egyptian Ankh. It is interesting to note here that all the gods of Egypt carried the ‘ankh’ symbol. This symbol is resembling a cross with the closed loop at the top. {see photo}

Unknown to the world for centuries this symbol has been describe recently in a two-fold manner: first the three lower portions representing the phallus and the loop representing the vagina. The Egyptian {and almost all other pagan religions} were very focused on fertility.

The second, is that this symbol was an outright “finger in the face” of YHWH as it appears to be a sandal strap and an affront to this scripture verse.

I indeed have baptized you with water (mikvah): but he shall baptize (immerse) you with the Holy Ghost*.

*G5590 ψυχή psuche (psï-chee’) n. 1. soul, inner being or life. 2. (literally) breath. 3. (figuratively) the heart’s desire, the drive or passion of one’s rational and immortal soul (i.e. that which brings satisfaction to one’s being). These terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew H5315, H7307 and H2416.

H5315 נֶפֶשׁ nephesh (neh’-fesh) n-f. 1. (properly) a breathing creature

H7307 רוּחַ ruwach (roo’-ach) n-f. 1. wind. 2. (by resemblance) breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation. 3. (by resemblance) spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).

H2416 חַי chay (chah’-ee) adj. 1. alive. 2. (hence) raw (flesh).

And it came to pass* in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized (mikvah) of John in Jordan.

*G1096 γίνομαι ginomai (ǰiy’-no-mai) v. 1. to cause to be (“gen”-erate). 2. (reflexively) to become (come into being). The question becomes, why are people coming to John specifically to be baptized?

  • (Luke 1:5-9 “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.”) (Despite his odd appearance [to our way of thinking] John would have had the proper lineage, according to the Torah, to perform the mikvah.)

10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Too many times people relate this event to an actual animal or shape of the animal coming down upon Yeshua. This is descriptive term to show the gentile floating movement of the Spirit immersing Yeshua.

11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased*.

(*G2106 εὐδοκέω eudokeo (ev-d̮o-ke’-ō) v. 1. to think well of, i.e. approve (an act).2. (specially) to approve officially (a person or thing).

  •  James 2:18-26 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”


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