the same day

Mark 4:35

4:35 the same day. Mark says here that on the same day when Christ had told the various parables recorded here and in Matthew 13 He later stilled the storm on Galilee (compare Matthew 13:1-3 and Mark 4:1-3, apparently both introducing the same event). Then He cast the demons out of the man in Gadara, healed the woman with an issue of blood, and raised the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:1-43). Yet all of these events are recorded in Matthew 8:23-34 and 9:18-25 as apparently taking place before the occasion on which He taught these seven parables of the kingdom (actually there were nine parables, counting the two in Mark 4 added to the seven in Matthew 13). Since several other events (e.g., the call of Matthew) are interspersed with these, and since Mark also records these latter events as taking place before the giving of the parables, it does seem probable that the events described in Mark 4:35–5:43 all took place before the parables were given. In this case, the phrase “the same day” in Mark 4:35 could be understood as “the same kind of day” or even “the same season.” The Greek word (hemera) is somewhat flexible in meaning, depending on context.

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