Gospel of Mark
Gospel of Mark Fate and Free Will Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there. (NRSV 14:13-15)
And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. (KJV 14:13-15)
Are you noticing a pattern? It's striking how even the smallest details seem to be subject to fate in 11:4-6 and 14:13-15.
And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." (NRSV 14:18)
And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. (KJV 14:18)
What's the effect of prophecies that get fulfilled within the course of the text?
For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born. (NRSV 14:21)
The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. (KJV 14:21)
Jesus roots his own prophetic words in scripture ("as it is written"), but he doesn't cite any precise passage. Judas was fated to do what he did and he will be punished severely for it. How can you be held guilty for something you are fated to do?