Mark 1:1-20: Follow Where the Wild Things Are!

This is the Gospel of Vic version of Mark 1: 1-16 (circa Melbourne, 1999)

Week 1 of @tweetinMark 2010

From the beginning of the ancient dreaming, the news of the successful takeover bid of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it stands written in Isaiah the prophet:

“Look I am sending my messenger before you, he will construct your way;

3 A voice of one crying in the bush:

‘Create space in the forward line;

a paddock inside 50 for the ‘King’ to run into.

Build a straight road for him’.”

4 John the Baptiser appeared in the bush preaching a baptism of ‘saying sorry’ and for the forgiveness of debt. 5 All of regional Victoria and all the people from Central Melbourne were flocking to him and were baptized by him in the Birrarang (Yarra), confessing their debt. 6 John normally wore a possum hair coat with a leather belt around his waist and usually lived off the bush tucker of the land.

7 And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, I am not even worthy to bend down and untie the laces of his boots. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Great Spirit.”

9 And it happened in those days that Jesus came from Moe in Gippsland and was baptized by John into the Birrarang. 10 And the moment he came up out of the water he saw the heavens ripped apart and the Spirit Bunjil Maman swooped down upon him like an eagle-hawk. 11 And a voice came out of the land, “You are my dear Son, with you I am really pleased”. 12 And straightaway the Spirit throws him out into the scrub. Satan was in the bush for over two hundred and eleven days tempting 13 And him. And he was with the wild beasts and the spirits of the ancient dreaming were minis- tering to him.

14 Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Gippsland announcing the successful takeover of the economy of God, 15 and saying, “T he time is fulfilled and the Economy of God has drawn near. Change policy and acknowledge the good forecast.

16 And walking along beside the Gippsland high- way, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew cutting concrete beside the road, for they were cutters for a road building consortium. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Come with me and I will make you cutters of tall poppies.”

And straightaway they downed tools and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little further he saw Jim, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, and they were beside the road overhauling their machinery. 20 And straightaway he called them and, leaving their father Zebedee in the Zeb-con utility truck with the hired workers, they went off after him.