Mark 2 Outline
– Jesus healed a paralytic man let down through a hole in the roof (Mark 2:1-12)
– Jesus called Levi, a tax collector to be his disciple (Mark 2:13-17)
– The Pharisees questioned Jesus why his disciples don’t fast like John’s disciples and theirs (Mark 2:18-22)
– Jesus’ disciples became hungry and plucked the heads of grain to eat on the Sabbath day (Mark 2:23-27)
Mark 2 Bible Study
In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus was preaching in a house at Capernaum when a few men brought a paralytic lying on a mat. There were so many people that they couldn’t get through the door so they decided to let the paralytic man on the mat down through the roof. Jesus told the paralytic man that his sins are forgiven and he was immediately able to walk again. The people rebuked Jesus when they saw this. Jesus knowing what they are thinking said that it is easier to say that his sins are forgiven than telling the paralytic man to get up and take his mat. Jesus said this so that they know that he has authority to forgive sins. Sins can cause a person to suffer form all kinds of illnesses and diseases. When you sin, you create a gap in your life which allow the evil spirit to come and cause trouble for you. Once you have repented and stop sinning, the gap will be closed so that the devil has no chance in bringing any accusation against you before God anymore.
In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus saw the tax collector Levi and he called him to follow him. Levi did not hesitate at the calling that Jesus made and he immediately follow him. We should be like Levi, taking heed of Jesus’ calling without giving any excuse. The people saw Jesus eating at the house of Levi and they asked why he eat with sinners. The people call the tax collectors sinners because they often charge an extra amount of money in addition to the tax. Jesus replied that only those who are sick requires doctor. Jesus did not came to save the righteous but he came to save the sinners. Jesus die for us while we are still sinners. He abandoned all the riches in heaven to come down to earth to die for the sins of the people in the whole world so that we can receive the forgiveness for our transgressions and inherit eternal life.
In Mark 2:18-22, the people ask Jesus why John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast but his disciples don’t fast. In turn, Jesus answered that a time will come when the bridegroom will be gone so that they stop eating and start fasting. Jesus is the bridegroom and we are the bride. Jesus is predicting about his death on the cross. After he is crucified and resurrected, he will be ascended into heaven and no longer be with his disciples. Jesus uses the new wine skins and old wine skins, and unshrunk cloth and new piece of cloth to describe about the old covenants and new covenants. After Jesus died on the cross for our sins, the new covenant will be put into effect. With the new covenant in effect, there is no need to follow the rites and feasts in the old covenant anymore. The new covenant replaces the old covenant so that all who have faith in Jesus can get saved. This is contrary to the old covenant, in which those will keep the law outwardly can get saved. After accepting Jesus, your old self will die and you will put on the new self. Christians will have the joy and peace of God in their hearts. Jesus came to introduce a new covenant but he did not destroy the old covenant. We must still obey the laws in the Old Testament but we don’t need to offer the blood of sacrificed animals to cleanse away our sins.
In Mark 2:23-27, the disciples plucked some heads of grains and ate them because they were hungry. The Pharisees rebuked Jesus’ disciples for doing that because it is unlawful to carry any burden on the Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day, you cannot work even if it is for gospel purpose. Anything that involves making money cannot be carried out on the Sabbath day. However, you can do good on the Sabbath. When Jesus heard what the Pharisees said, he rebuked them by saying the Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath. Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.