Mark 1:1-8 · John the Baptist Prepares the Way
Mark 1:1-8
by David E. Leininger

Everybody loves a good story. We begin our earliest understandings through stories. The Tortoise and the Hare, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling. We learned lessons in behavior from stories like The Little Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf ’ and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The tradition of storytelling is as old as humanity itself. Ancient cultures have stories to tell younger generations about their heritage. Go to the earliest chapters of our scripture and see how our own cultural forebears answered the questions of their children and grandchildren.

“Grandpa, where did we come from?’

“Ah, my child, let me tell you a story.” And what followed was the account of a man (Adam, which in Hebrew means simply man), a deep sleep, a disappearing rib and voilá, woman. Then …

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