Now, who is pointing the way
, he is openly
preaching a message.
John himself is a public
figure. Even if he is put in the wilderness, a lot of people come to him.
Is "Mark" (previously an apollinist, now a pauline) going against
all that open publicity about the way, "by the way side"
And these are they by the way (ὁδὸν) side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Satan is enemy of YHWH (for Mark). But for the Gnostics YHWH
himself was Satan. Hence is Mark addressing against the Gnostics (the original followers of the "way"
pointed out by "John"
before the latter was called "John"
?) what the Gnostics themselves addressed originally
against the Judaizers? That they were deceived by the demiurge insofar the demiurge was "to take away the word that was sown in their hearts"
In that case, Mark is strongly contrary
to the arrogant too much public propaganda of the Gnostics:
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
- John the Baptist revealed openly the "Way" to have their sins forgiven.
- Mark's Jesus is doing the exact contrary.