Jesus and the Wild Animals
It’s one of the stranger asides in all the Gospels.
In Mark’s first chapter, verses 12–13, after Jesus’s baptism, “The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals . . . .”
Say what? Jesus with the wild animals? What significance does that carry in this grand opening chapter of Mark?
No Random Detail
Mark has such limited space to tell about the history-altering life of the Son of God come as man. Why bother mentioning that in his forty-day wilderness venture Jesus “was with the wild animals”?
I doubt we should assume it’s a random detail. Mark’s narrative is much too carefully crafted to think that. Then what’s the point?
Back to Adam
The conceptual connection appears to reach back to the Garden where Adam was with the animals before the…