Beginning in verse 9 Mark goes out of his way to communicate that Jesus quite literally went out of his way to seek the approval of John. Jesus understood that John was a well-established and important figure to the wider populace and receiving John's blessing would go a long way in Jesus himself establishing much-needed credibility. In a way, having John who was already recognized as God's prophet baptize him was a visible reminder to all that God would welcome all who came to be baptized. We can see just how important this action was.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards Current Events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.