Read Mark 2:1-12
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 2:1-2. Why did Jesus now come back to Capernaum? Take a second and picture what is happening in this section. There was literally no more room in the house it was so packed that they were not even able to squeeze anyone else in. Why were there so many people there? What was Jesus doing? Jesus’ preaching and reading God’s Word drew people to Him. They knew they heard the truth so they followed. What is it about God’s Word that is so compelling?
3. Look now at Mark 2:1-12. Think now about the whole scene the house was so packed they had to cut a hole in the roof of the building and lower the paralyzed man into the room where Jesus was. Why did they do this? Why did Jesus heal the paralyzed man? Why did Jesus tell the man his sins were forgiven (v. 5) and not heal him right away? (He waits till vv. 9-12). Why can Jesus heal those who are sick or paralyzed? Why is this so important?
4. Still looking at Mark 2:1-12. Why did the scribes of the Pharisees question Jesus? Why did Jesus answer their question, even before they verbally asked it? What did Jesus demonstrate by saying “…your sins are forgiven” (v. 5). How did Jesus answer the scribes of the Pharisees? How does this apply to you? Who is the only one who can forgive your sins? Why is it so important that this is true? Why is it so important that Jesus is the Son of God? How are you like the paralyzed man? How have you been healed by Jesus? How have you been forgiven?
5. Look at Mark 2:12. The crowd left the house saying “We never saw anything like this!” Why did they say that? Why did they mean? Why was it so impressive/seen as outrageous that Jesus challenged the scribes of the Pharisees? How often do you come away from the worship of God or the reading of God’s Word thinking “Wow, Jesus did that!?!” or “God is so gracious and powerful”? Why isn’t it more often? Why have you lost some of that amazement and wonder of God’s works? How can you regain it?
6. Has your reading of Mark changed how you view Jesus? How? Why?