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Day 11 of the Questions for Mark study.

Mark 6:50-51 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

Matthew 14:28-30 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Reading from more learned and dedicated servants of God, John Mark is credited with writing the gospel of Mark at Peter’s instructions. John Mark was Peter’s interpreter. Given that this is the case, why did John Mark leave out this searching tale which was included in Matthew’s rendering of events?

Matthew was an eye witness to the event. John Mark would have only been told by a witness. Did Peter not tell John Mark? Was Peter ashamed of his failure due to fear? Or was it that Peter wanted Jesus to be the focus of the telling and desired not to be a distraction to this gospel?

I’ve compared the two synoptic gospels and the events leading up to this point match up very well in sequence and occurrences. There is no reason to believe that Jesus walking on the water to His disciples on the boat was not this same event. So why was the record of the event deleted by Mark?

At this point I would like to switch from Mark’s telling to my own. In reference to the telling of my witness, what should I include? What should I leave out? When is confession of condition in those moments an enhancement to my witness, and when a detractor?

It depends on the audience, does it not? Know your audience.

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