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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Mark 1:17-20

Mark 1:17-20. Come, and I will make you fishers of men I will enable you to draw them into my true church by the net of my gospel. And straightway Upon his call; leaving their nets, they followed him From this time they forsook their employ, and constantly attended him. Happy they who follow Christ at the first call! When he had gone thence, he saw James See on Matthew 4:21. Mending their nets, which they had washed, Luke 5:2. The Greek word, καταρτιζοντας , here rendered ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Mark 1:16-20

27. Call of Peter, Andrew, James and John (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11)From the hills of Nazareth the story moves to the fishing villages of Capernaum and Bethsaida on the northern shore of Lake Galilee. The fishermen brothers Peter and Andrew had already met Jesus and accepted him as the Messiah. So too, it seems, had another pair of fishermen brothers, James and John (see notes on John 1:35-42). Jesus now asked the four men to take the further step of leaving their occupations... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Mark 1:17

Come. This call explains Acts 1:21 , Acts 1:22 . The official mission comes liter, in Mark 3:17 , &c. to become fishers of men. The likeness is not conveyed by the Figure of speech Simile, or stated by Metaphor, but is implied by the Figure of speech Hypocatastasis. See App-6 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 1:14-20

A. The beginning of Jesus’ ministry 1:14-20Mark introduced his readers to the message of the Servant (Mark 1:14-15) and the first disciples of the Servant (Mark 1:16-20). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 1:16-20

2. The first disciples of the Servant 1:16-20 (cf. Matthew 4:16-22; Luke 5:1-11)The account of the calling of these first disciples clarifies that repenting and believing the gospel (Mark 1:15) should result in abandoning one’s former life to follow Jesus from then on. This is the appropriate response that Mark commended to his readers with these disciples’ example. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 1:17-18

Simon (Peter) and Andrew had met Jesus previously (John 1:35-42). Mark stressed the urgency of Jesus’ call and the immediacy of the disciples’ response. Normally young men who wanted to learn from a rabbi sought one out, but Jesus called Simon and Andrew to participate in an urgent task with Him."Follow me" meant "come behind me as a disciple." It was an invitation, but in view of who Jesus was it had the force of a command. These men would have understood it as a call to become a permanent... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 1:1-45

Baptism of Jesus. Beginning of the Ministry1-8. Appearance of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1; Luke 3:1). See on Mt and Lk. St. Mark’s Gospel, being based on the reminiscences of Peter, begins with the public ministry of Jesus, or, rather, with His connexion with the Baptist, through which Peter and other apostles first became acquainted with Him. It, therefore, omits the birth narratives, although it is possible that St. Mark was acquainted with them (see on Mark 6:3).1. The beginning] It is... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Mark 1:1-45

St. Mark Mark 1:1 A great epoch was exhausted, and passing away to give place to another, the first utterances of which had already been heard in the north, and which awaited but the Initiator, to be revealed. He came. The soul the most full of love, the most sacredly virtuous, the most deeply inspired by God and the future, that men have yet seen on earth Jesus. He bent over the corpse of the dead world, and whispered a word of faith. Over the clay that had lost all of man but the movement... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Mark 1:14-20

CHAPTER 1:14-20 (Mark 1:14-20)THE EARLY PREACHING AND THE FIRST DISCIPLES"Now after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel. And passing along by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Mark 1:14-45

PART II. THE SERVANT’S WORK; NOT TO BE MINISTERED UNTO, BUT TO MINISTER -- Chapter 1:14-10:52 Chapter 1:14-45. The Ministry in Galilee after John’s Imprisonment. 1. The Servant in Galilee preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. (Mark 1:14-15 .Matthew 4:12-17; Matthew 4:12-17 ; Luke 4:14-15 .) 2. The Calling of fellow servants. (Mark 1:16-20 . Matthew 4:18-22 ; Luke 5:1-11 .) 3. The Servant in Capernaum. (Mark 1:21-28 ; Luke 4:31-37 .) 4. Peter’s Mother-in-law raised up. (Mark 1:29-31 ... read more

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