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Mark Chapter 14 (14 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
1 After 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.
The name ''Passover'' was given to the feast because the Lord ''passed over'' the houses of the Israelites without slaying their first-born, while the Egyptians were cut off (Exodus 12:13). The festival of the Passover was designed to preserve among the Jews the memory of their liberation from Egyptian servitude and of the safety of their first-born in that night when the firstborn of the Egyptians perished (Exodus 12). This feast began on the fourteenth day of the first moon, in the first month, Nisan, and it lasted only one day; but it was immediately followed by the days of unleavened bread, which were seven, so that the whole lasted eight days, and all the eight days are sometimes called the feast of the Passover, and sometimes the feast or days of unleavened bread. By the will of God, against the counsel of men, it came to pass that Christ should be put to death upon the solemn day of the Passover, that in all respects the truth of his sacrifice might agree to the symbol of the Passover. It was during this solemn time that the religious leaders, who were supposed to be the models of purity and holiness among the people, were nothing but the examples of bondage and wickedness. All of their evil and hatred culminated in their actions to kill Christ Jesus. Their planning has been going on for some time and they looked for many opportunities to have Jesus killed or at the very least, discredited, which never happened. Frustrated, jealous, evil and fearful they continued their campaign to kill Jesus. This solemn feast had no impact on them whatsoever; they would kill Jesus at whatever time they could get to Him. I am also adding the additional characters that Mark did not have in his report. He mentioned the ma ...
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