One of my bible professors used to have a saying. At times he would say,
“Class, today we are going to water ski.”
This implied that our teacher would be giving us a high-level presentation with many facts but little depth. We would learn the basics, but avoid going into tedious details on every subject. We would just skim the surface of his topic, hence the term water skiing. At other times, he would arrive in class and boldly announce,
“Class, today we are going to scuba dive.”
This implied that we were diving deep into his material, and we would be required to know a great deal about this particular subject. We would need to learn far more than the basic facts on the scuba diving subjects.
This analogy is helpful when thinking about how we’ve been reading Mark. Continue reading