Christ in the Bible: Markís Gospel

Christ in Markís *Gospel

An EasyEnglish Bible Commentary (1200 word vocabulary) on the Gospel of Mark

Keith Simons

This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.

This word list explains words with a *star by them.

Word List

allow ~ to let someone do something

angel ~ one of Godís special servants in *heaven. *Angels bring messages from God.

baptise ~ to wash a person in a special way while people pray for that person. John baptised the people who came to him. The people were sorry for all the wrong things that they had done. And they wanted to obey God.

Baptist ~ John was called John the Baptist because he *baptised people.

blind ~ a blind person cannot see.

Caesar ~ the most important *Roman ruler. He lived in the city called Rome.

countryside ~ a place that is not near the towns.

cross ~ someone fixed one piece of wood across another piece of wood. This made a cross. The *Roman soldiers fixed people to crosses to kill them.

disciple ~ a student of a great teacher. Usually, the disciple travelled with his teacher and he worked for his teacher.

forgive, forgave ~ not to remember wrong things that a person has done. God forgives us for the wrong things that we have done. He chooses to do this, but we must change our minds. We must ask him to come into our lives.

Godís Great House ~ the special big building in Jerusalem usually called the temple. There people prayed and they gave gifts to God. Only the *priests went into the building. Other people went into the yards that were there.

Gospel ~ a book that tells about the things that Jesus did. And it includes some things that he taught. There are 4 Gospels in the Bible. They are the books by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

heaven ~ Godís home.

hell ~ the place where God sends some people when they die. It is a place of *punishment for those people who refuse to obey Jesus.

holy ~ special for God.

Holy Spirit ~ The Holy Spirit is God, even as the Father and the Son are God. But there is only one God. The Holy Spirit is always working in this world. He helps people to believe. He teaches them. And he is present in the lives of people who believe.

Jew ~ a person who is born from the families of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

judge ~ to say what is right or wrong, good or bad; A judge is a person with authority to say if another person is right or wrong.

lamp ~ a light to use in a house.

law ~ a countryís rules; the rules that God gave to Moses; one of these rules. The *Jews had to obey the laws that God gave to Moses.

Lord ~ a name for God or for Jesus. The word means Ďmasterí. But it also translates Godís name from the language called Hebrew. And in that language, Godís name may mean ĎHe is always God.í

nail ~ a sharp thing that someone has made out of metal. People use a hammer to put a nail through something. This fixes it against something else.

Passover ~ an important holiday for the *Jews. They eat a special meal on this day every year. They remember that God took them away from Egypt. They were slaves in Egypt and Moses led them away.

Pharisees ~ a group of *Jews. Pharisees went to a special school to learn Godís *laws. They tried to obey all Godís *laws. But many Pharisees did not like the things that Jesus taught.

priest ~ a man who offered gifts to God on behalf of other people. The *Jews had priests who worked in *Godís Great House.

punish ~ to cause someone pain. Usually, it is because that person has done wrong things.

punishment ~ a personís pain or trouble. It usually happens because that person has done wrong things.

Roman ~ from the city called Rome; or from its rulers or government.

Sadducees ~ a group of *Jews who did not believe that peopleís *spirits continue to live after death. They believed that dead people could not become alive again.

Satan ~ the bad *angel whom God sent away from *heaven a long time ago.

shepherd ~ a person who works with sheep. He feeds them and he keeps them safe.

soil ~ the top part of the ground. Plants grow in it.

soul ~ the soul is a part of a person that we cannot see. Our soul is in us while we are alive. It still lives after we die.

spirit ~ the part of a person that is alive, but which we cannot see. There are also bad spirits and good spirits. The *Holy Spirit is Godís Spirit.

wine ~ a drink that people make from the fruit called grapes. It has alcohol in it.

yeast ~ people put yeast into flour and water to make bread. It grows in the bread. It makes the bread rise.



© 2010, Wycliffe Associates (UK)

This book is in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).

March 2010

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