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Mark 1:12 Commentary - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

I will not make a lot of the point that the Spirit descended and "immediately the Spirit" wasworking in His life. Some make huge effort to prove that Christ did all He did on earth by His own divine power, yet here it is plain that the Spirit was very powerful in His life. "Driveth" is not the term I would have used of a being that was choosing His own options in life.

"Driveth" is normally translated "cast out" which demands a little more than just a minor "leading" of the Spirit, but a real force in His life. The lexicon lists as part of the meaning the thought of "deprive of power" thus again we see something that is of marked import, not just something of insignificance. Christ was driven to the wilderness for God's purpose. Again, if Christ was under His own divine power, do you think the Spirit could "drive" Him or indeed need to drive Him? It seems rather inconsistent to me.

"Wilderness" gives a good definition to the word. Desert is also a possible aspect to the word. One aspect that might be surmised but that is not evident in the word itself is "lonely" which seems to be an additional thought of the word. Not only was Christ in a desolate place, but a lonely place as well.

Mat 4:1 "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." The term Matthew uses is more in line with the thought of leading and it is in the passive voice which would indicate the action did not involve the Lord. It was the Spirit that was doing the action. This is the case in the Luke text as well. The Lord was being acted upon according to Matthew and Luke, while Mark also pictures the Spirit as the active member of the situation. It would seem that Christ was definitely moved of the Spirit to go into the wilderness.

Luke also uses the term "led" to describe this moment in the Lord's life. 4.1 "and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness" The term he uses has the thought of laying hold of to lead as you would lead an animal.

The synoptics seem to picture Christ as being led or directed quite forcefully into the wilderness. It is of note that there were different words used. From the Spirit's action it seems to be much more forceful, but from Jesus perspective much less forceful. What a perfect picture of God's working in our lives. We see His leading as a part of our life, something that is allowed, yet in God's mind and action it is something that is much more forceful and definite. (Calvinists, do not make too much of this statement, it does not mean that Christ had no choice in the situation and I do not imply such :-)

This is such a beautiful picture of God's working in the background of our lives. We seldom know the intricacies of His working and protecting within our lives. He is constantly involved in our lives background not just spasmodically. Many times in our lives it has been evident in retrospect that He was so totally in our lives. Many times when we have narrowly avoided terrible accidents or problems, it has been evident in looking back over the situation that many little things came together to bring us to the close call rather than the catastrophe that it could have been.

One Christmas we were to drive to another state for the day. When I was finished with work, I climbed into the car and found we had car trouble. The problem added about a half-hour to ourdeparture time. We finally left our home and started down the freeway. As we entered the interchange area where we needed to go north, we could see a large fire burning. The nearer we came to the fire the more chilled we became. It was a fuel tanker that had overturned on the exit area where we needed to go north.

The terrible thought was plain in our minds - what if the car had not given trouble - might we have been in that disastrous wreck?

Consult other comments:

Mark 1:12 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 1:12 - The Greek Testament

Mark 1:12 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:12 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 1:12 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 1:12 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Mark 1:12 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:12 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 1:12 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Mark 1:12 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 1:12 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:12 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 1:12 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Mark 1:12 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:12 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Mark 1:12 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 1:12 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 1:12 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Mark 1:12 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 1:12 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 1:12 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - The Great Texts of the Bible

Mark 1:12 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 1:12 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:12 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 1:12 - The Gospel According to St. Mark: A Devotional Commentary

Mark 1:12 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Mark 1:12 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Mark 1:12 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 1:12 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 1:12 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Mark 1:12 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Mark 1:12 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:12 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 1:12 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Mark 1:12 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 1:12 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 1:12 - Combined Bible Commentary

Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson