Dating the four gospels Reallfecam lna and maks
Consequently, we have to conclude that he was subtly claiming to be divine.
He did not come out and say “I am God,” but he did not need to.
At the very end of the first Gospel, Jesus commissions his disciples to go and spread the good news to the corners of the earth: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew -20) At first glance, this passage doesn’t seem to say much about Jesus’ identity, but if we look at it more closely, and specifically at its Old Testament background, we can see that Jesus was doing the exact same thing he did when he forgave the paralytic’s sins: he was taking the place of God himself.
Specifically, we read that John “appeared in the wilderness” (Mark 1:4) and that he preached the coming of someone greater than himself (Mark 1:7-8).
As a result, we can see that these texts from Malachi and Isaiah were prophesying the messenger who would prepare the way for Jesus and his ministry.
From all this, we can safely conclude that by quoting this prophecy from Malachi, Mark was telling us that God came to his people in Jesus and, more specifically, as Jesus.
The first two are found in the book of Malachi, and its original wording is the key to understanding its significance for our purposes here: In this prophecy, God was telling his people that he himself would one day come to them and that he would send a messenger before him to prepare his way.
Mark changed the wording from the first to the second person in order to highlight the distinction between the Father and the Son, but he didn’t change its meaning so completely that it ceased to refer to God.