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Frameworks: Mark's Gospel chapter 9


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)




v.1       Continuation

v.2-8    The Transfiguration

v.9-13   Discussion about Elijah Coming

v.14-29 Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

v.30-34 Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

v.35-37 On being a servant and open

v.38-41 Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

v.42-50 Causes of Stumbling


v.1 Continuation


v.1 (finishing the previous conversation) And he said to them,  “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”



v.2-8 The Transfiguration


v.2 (Jesus is transfigured) After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  

v.3 (i.e. he became ultra-bright) His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.  

v.4  (Moses & Elijah appeared with him) And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

v.5,6 (Peter suggests shelters) Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

v.7 (the Father speaks) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

v.8 (then it ends) Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.



v.9-13 Discussion about Elijah Coming


v.9 (Jesus forbids sharing this) As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  

v.10 (the disciples question this) They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

v.11 (they ask about Elijah coming) And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

v.12 (Jesus confirms it is true) Jesus replied,  “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?  

v.13 (he speaks about John the Baptist) But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”



v.14-29 Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit


v.14  (on return they are greeted by an arguing crowd) When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.  

v.15 (the crowd run to greet him) As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

v.16 (he asks them the cause of the argument) “What are you arguing with them about?”  he asked.

v.17,18 (a father tells of the disciples being unable to deliver his possessed son) A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.   Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

v.19 (Jesus chides his disciples) “You unbelieving generation,”  Jesus replied,  “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

v.20 (the demon convulses the boy) So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

v.21,22 (Jesus asks for further details) Jesus asked the boy's father,  “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.   “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

v.23 (Jesus challenges his faith) “‘If you can'?”  said Jesus.  “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

v.24 (the father asks for help to believe) Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

v.25 (Jesus commands the spirit to leave) When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit.  “You deaf and mute spirit,”  he said,  “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

v.26 (the spirit leaves, the boy looks dead) The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He's dead.”  

v.27 (Jesus raises the boy up) But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

v.28 (the disciples ask about their inability) After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn't we drive it out?”

v.29 (Jesus suggests powerful prayer) He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”



v.30-34 Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time


v.30,31 (Jesus seeks anonymity while teaching his disciples) They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,   because he was teaching his disciples.

v.31 (he speaks of his coming death) He said to them,  “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”  

v.32 (they struggle to believe him) But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

v.33 (on arrival in Capernaum he asks about their arguing along the way) They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them,  “What were you arguing about on the road?”  

v.34 (they stay quiet feeling bad about arguing who was the greatest) But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.



v.35-37 On being a servant and open


v.35 (Jesus teaches about servant humility) Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said,  “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

v.36 (he uses a child as an example) He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,  

v.37 (welcoming a child = welcoming Jesus) “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”



v.38-41 Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us


v.38 (John speaks of someone else delivering demons) “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

v.39-41 (Jesus says it is OK. Anyone doing good in his name is fine)  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,   for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.



v.42-50 Causes of Stumbling


v.42 (warning against undermining the simple faith of children) “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.  

v.43-47 (a challenge to remove anything from your life that might pull you down) If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,  

v.48 (the destructive nature of hell) where “‘the worms that eat them do not die,   and the fire is not quenched.' [Isa 66:24]

v.49 (the purifying work of God) Everyone will be salted with fire.

v.50 (be purified) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves and be at peace with each other.”