It is clear from St. Matthew that this controversy followed immediately upon the last, when Jesus assumed a function ascribed to God Himself by the very passage from Hosea which He then quoted. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. The threefold repetition of the word.fast is characteristic of Mark. The feast in Levi"s house may have occurred on one of these days. When checking sizes on a cotton T-shirt, for instance, we look to see if the shirt has been “pre-shrunk.” If it hasn’t, we’ll get a larger size. So today we find various hostile groups combining against our Lord and Saviour. (Zechariah 7:5-6). οἱ δὲ σοί. The disciples of the Pharisees is an unusual expression. ), or, and this gives more point to the story: were fasting at that particular time (Meyer, Weiss, Holtz., H. C.).— ἔρχονται καὶ λέγ., they come and say, quite generally; they = people, or some representatives of John’s disciples, and the Pharisees. The Pharisees also fasted on the second and fourth days of every week. Whom does he marry? Controversy with Religious Leaders. The publicans and other disreputables had also noted the fact. "The Bible Study New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/mark-2.html. See on Lu 5:33-39. λ.] At His return the cry will be heard, Behold the Bridegroom cometh. All other rights reserved. ‘And John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they come and say to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, and yet your disciples do not fast?”.’. "Commentary on Mark 2:18". . Mark 2:18. νηστεύοντες, fasting) This seems here to imply both their custom and their actual fasting at that present time; comp. 1909-1922. Not funny “ha ha,” but funny odd, a little peculiar, rather uncommon. Perhaps they are mentioned especially because it was the learners who made the greatest efforts to make sure that people (and their own mentors) knew that they were fasting. 1879-90. See Poole on "Mark 2:21" Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible . Read Mark 2:18 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. In that the disciples of the Pharisees used to fast as well as John's disciples, we may learn, That hypocrites and wicked men may be, and sometimes are, as strict and forward in the outward duties of religion, as the holiest and best of christians; they pray, they fast, they hear the word, they receive the sacraments: they do, yea, it may be, they outdo and go beyond, the sincere christian in external duties and outward performances. The disciples of John and of the Pharisees] Beza notes, that only here, and Matthew 22:16; Luke 5:24, is mention made in the gospel of the Pharisees’ disciples, unhappy doubtless in such perverse tutors, somewhat akin to Protagoras, of whom Plato writeth (in Menone.) They imitated the strictness of the Baptist’s life (cf. The Bridegroom had to leave for the time being because He has fulfilled the first part of His mission, which was to lay down His life for His bride. See Gill on Matthew 9:14. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/mark-2.html. The Pharisees fasted twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays (cf. Because we find it difficult, incredibly difficult, to give up the old for the new, to change our ways, to alter our expectations. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. Matthew has here followed Mark closely. ), not “used to fast” (A.V.). Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Hence the use of the participle with the finite verb. Mark 2:18 (R.V.). "Commentary on Mark 2:18". Matthew Henry's Commentary – Verses 18–28 ... Mark 2:19, 20. So it’s a personal decision, a personal race. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/mark-2.html. BibliographyWesley, John. This chapter finds Jesus back again in Capernaum where he healed the man borne of four (Mark 2:1-12).Events related to the call of Matthew were given (Mark 2:13-17); questions regarding fasting were answered (Mark 2:18-22); and the Pharisees accused Jesus' disciples of breaking the sabbath (Mark 2:23-28).All of this is a continuation of the Galilean ministry. And they come and say - The disciples of John come, Matthew 9:4. were then observing a fast. Renewal 1960. John the Baptist's disciples and the Pharisees are fasting, so what about you?". What does Mark 2:19 mean? BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Mark 2:18". In this respect, how many a sad experience of the Church attests the wisdom of her Lord; what losses have been suffered in the struggle between forms that had stiffened into archaic ceremonialism and new zeal demanding scope for its energy, between the antiquated phrases of a bygone age and the new experience, knowledge and requirements of the next, between the frosty precisions of unsympathetic age and the innocent warmth and freshness of the young, too often, alas, lost to their Master in passionate revolt against restraints which He neither imposed nor smiled upon. BibliographyTrapp, John. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness, and thou shalt know the Lord" (Hosea 2:19-20). Though fasting was not commanded by Jesus,it should not be neglected. See notes on Matthew 9:14-15. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/mark-2.html.