The Ending of Mark’s Gospel
Proverbs 31:10-31 Re-Examined
Have you ever noticed that occasionally your Bible will contain a note saying something like this: “The earliest manuscripts do not have this verse”? You may never have seen these notes before, but most Bibles contain dozens of these annotations hidden in their margins and footnotes. A scary one shows up at the end of Mark’s Gospel. Near the close of the book, right after verse 8 of chapter 16, the NIV contains this note:
“The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9–20.”
I want to explain what this note means and tell you why it is not as scary as it might seem to be.
Jesus’ Royal Wedding Ceremony: Genesis 2, John 20
To be perfectly frank, I don't need another to-do list that makes me feel inadequate as a woman. As if I require another yardstick of perfection to which I am continually being compared! Yet that is what Proverbs 31: 10-31 has been to me: a load of unreasonably heavy expectations taught to me by men and women.
Man and Woman: God’s Home, Genesis 2:20b-21
You may have tuned in to the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan just to ogle over the fashions worn by guests. But regardless of the reason, most royal fans tuned in to the media-dominated, spectacular event. The event was hard to miss. But, ironically, the majority have missed the most important wedding ceremony in history, the wedding ceremony of Jesus and His bride. Jesus’ royal wedding is featured in John’s Gospel, but few have noticed it.
The true identity and purpose of the woman and man have been obscured in our English translations of the Bible. I know, that is a major claim! Maybe it's an exaggeration or overstatement? But no, not an exaggeration, nor is it an overstatement. I’ll unpack the Genesis 2:20-21 text and you can decide for yourself.