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Jesus is Tempted in the Desert. Mark (1:12 – 15)

The author Mark clearly links Jesus ‘temptation in the desert with the baptism. There, Jesus experiences the divine world in the communication from the Father. In the temptation, however, he is in the desert or wilderness, I.e., the demonic world, the traditional haunt of the evil forces. Forty days’ suggests a link with the 40 years of Israel’s wandering in the desert or wilderness.

Whereas Israel failed during that period, here Jesus succeeds. The author also seems to imply a certain messianic element in this scene, namely, the type of messiahship Jesus would embrace. Jesus thus begins his battle with Satan and the powers of evil. His death and subsequent resurrection will resolve the form of his messiahship and his relationship to the powers of evil.

In the conclusion of this passage the author begins the account of the public ministry of Jesus with a summary. He noted the fate of the Baptist and suggests that the Cross cannot be divorced from a consideration of the person and mission of Jesus. In Jesus, God’s Kingdom, I.e., his providing for the needs of his people, has finally dawned. In Jesus, the new age has begun.

The audience is thus invited to adopt a new way of thinking that will lead to a new way of acting (‘repentance’) and put their trust in the good news of salvation that comes in the person of Jesus. Mark thus presents a Jesus bound up with the world of chaos. Satan and the powers of evil personify that chaos, one that brings in its wake human sickness, perversion, and isolation. The task of Jesus is to overcome such chaotic forces.

The struggle in the desert or wilderness is the beginning of Jesus’ containing of chaos. He proceeds to offset such chaos by proclaiming hope in the form of the kingdom of God, God’s definitive intervention in which he will provide for all the needs of his people. The person of Jesus is God’s finest expression of hope for a choice world.

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Through action we conquer death…


Sharing of a recent dream, of two separate dreams in the one night, where both dreams had an elephant present.

Dreams of the same image are not had, therefor this dream is significant, as for the first time an image in the form of an elephant had appeared twice.

This elephant was towering above in the first dream and represented this enormous power inside.

Within the second dream the elephant was pushing a metal cage, but the cage was covered in bedclothes, which were to be removed.

The elephant was struggling to push this metal cage as there were too many sheets wrapped around it.

Dreaming of such imagery may represent an inability to wake up and get out of bed, that to access the full potential of power within, one must wake up early, get out of bed and take action.

In taking action sometimes it is meant by doing some anaerobic and aerobic exercises first instance in the morning, go for a walk, a run, lift some weights etc, action activates the solar plexus, the joy, the passion.

This image of the elephant would have links to the far east and its symbolism, whereby within older posts a suggestion was made that water represents the sacral and creative or sexual energy, therefor the imagery of the elephant who spends time in the water would represent celibacy and rising into the solar plexus above the waters.

Once action is taken in your life, through exercise you begin to start feeling more positive about life.

The solar plexus is represented by a flame or fire, so this is where the idea of Hell stems from or twin flames.

Notice in imagery in the Bible of Jesus being tempted by the devil, how Jesus not only fasts to rid himself of the devil, but that he is also taking action by climbing a mountain.

In the song “the climb” performed by Miley Cyrus, she sings the lyrics “it’s the climb”.

It’s not where you are going that is important nor the destination, it’s the climb, it’s the action you take…

After repeated action in your life you start to resonate at a more positive frequency as you feel happier in yourself, you find people like your vibe and want to be around you more often, this increased interaction brings new ideas and opportunities and it almost feels life the universe is in complete alignment with you.