A refutation of the claim that St. Mark does not call Jesus “God.”
Isaiah 40:3,9-10: The voice of one crying in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God.” … Get you up upon a high mountain, you that bring good tidings to Zion: lift up your voice with strength, you that bring good tidings to Jerusalem: lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Judah: “Behold your God: Behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and His arm shall rule: Behold His reward is with Him and His work is before Him.”
φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν … ἐπ’ ὄρος ὑψηλὸν ἀνάβηθι ὁ εὐαγγελιζόμενος Σιων ὕψωσον τῇ ἰσχύι τὴν φωνήν σου ὁ εὐαγγελιζόμενος Ιερουσαλημ ὑψώσατε μὴ φοβεῖσθε εἰπὸν ταῖς πόλεσιν Ιουδα ἰδοὺ ὁ θεὸς ὑμῶν. ἰδοὺ κύριος μετὰ ἰσχύος ἔρχεται καὶ ὁ βραχίων μετὰ κυριείας ἰδοὺ ὁ μισθὸς αὐτοῦ μετ’ αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ ἔργον ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ.
Mark 1:1-3: The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold I send My angel before your face, who shall prepare the way before You. A voice of one crying in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.’“
Ἀρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καθὼς γέγραπται ἐν τῷ Ἠσαΐᾳ τῷ προφήτῃ: ἰδοὺ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν σου: φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ: ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους αὐτοῦ.
Gloss: St. Isaiah the Prophet (May 9) says that the voice in the desert cries out for Israel to straighten the paths for YHWH, Who has come to save Israel. The glorious martyr St. Mark the Evangelist (April 25), the first bishop of Alexandria, identifies Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with YHWH for Whom the Israelites straighten out the paths of the wilderness. In other words, St. Mark, when he preaches the fulfillment of the prophecy of St. Isaiah, teaches that Christ is YHWH. So much for the objection that the “first” Gospel does not teach that Christ is God.