Today we start reading one chapter of the gospel of Mark and continue with two chapters of Numbers.
Mark 1 starts, not with the birth of Jesus, but with the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, and Baptized Jesus. Immediately Jesus was tested in the wilderness for forty days. After that Jesus began calling his disciples. Jesus drove out an evil spirit while teaching in a synagogue. As had become his habit, Jesus healed many and many people started following him, and as always Jesus prayed in a solitary place, but continued to teach and heal many, including a man with leprosy. This is a chapter full of action.
In Numbers 16 Korah, Dathan and Abiram as well as 250 other men rose up in opposition to Moses. Things did not turn out well for them.
Numbers 17 tells of the budding of Aaron’s rod, a really short chapter.