by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 2 (2 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.

We learned that Capernaum was the headquarters of Jesus, so to speak, and there was a time gap since chapter one because His fame prevented Him from entering back into Galilee. That's why the first chapter ended with Jesus in the wilderness. Chapter two opens with Jesus going back to Capernaum after some days. After Jesus preached in the synagogues throughout Galilee, and after He had spent some days in prayer, and private retirement in desert places, He came back to Capernaum and a report was spread throughout the city that He was in the house of Simon and Andrew, where He was before, and where He used to be when in Capernaum.

2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

The immediate response of the people was to gather where He was. The house was surrounded with so many people that no one could enter in who had to. What Jesus did was important and sad to say overlooked by many. He preached. That was always the priority with Jesus; preaching. We will see that fact over and over again. Remember in chapter 1:35-39, He was informed by Peter that He was being sought out by multitudes; and the first words out of Jesus' mouth was;

38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

He wanted to continue to go beyond Capernaum and preach because the gospel of the kingdom needed to go beyond that city. Notice that Jesus told His disciples why He came. One reason was to preach the gospel of the kingdom. This was a priority to Jesus. The healings and other miracles would serve no purpose without the gospel of the k ...

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