Read Mark 2:18-27
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 2:18. John the Baptist is still in jail for proclaiming that the Messiah is coming, but his followers are still trying to follow his teaching, yet soon they will be rebuked for doing so. When you try to do everything on your own, without being in God’s Word, to help you through the day, how easy is it to stay from God’s Word? Why is it so easy? The disciples of John the Baptist started to mimic the scribes of the Pharisees, is this a good thing? Why or why not? They were mimicking the world. This is what we fall into as well. We need to be in God’s Word often and stay on the path of the straight and narrow. Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit and not ourselves.
3. Look at Mark 2:18-22 as a whole. Jesus uses three examples, what are they? In this Jesus is talking about how he is the bridegroom, and what will happen when He departs into heaven. What type of fasting is Jesus talking about? (Point of clarification: Fasting is when on is deprived of food and/or water.) How are we fasting now that we are awaiting Jesus’ return? In vv. 21-22, Jesus uses the example of a used piece of cloth and a used container for wine (eg. Wineskin). Both are used and not helpful in their task. (eg. The cloth is too small and the wineskin container is fragile, weak, and brittle.) Jesus is talking here about how he regenerates us, meaning how he makes us able to not sin, he removes our sins and makes us righteous in his sight. Why does he use these examples to describe this? How are you like a shrunken piece of fabric without the grace of Christ? How are you like a fragile, weak, and brittle container without God’s grace? How does God make us like a new wineskin (container) or like new fabric when we are made new in Christ?
4. Look at Mark 2:23-27. What did the disciples do when they were passing through the grain felids in vs. 23? Why did the Pharisees stop them? In verse 24 they (the Pharisees) misunderstand the meaning of one of the ten commandments, (see Exodus 20:9-11) which one is it? How does Jesus respond? What did Jesus mean in vs. 27? Does this mean we are not to keep the Sabbath day holy? Why? Why does Jesus say “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath”? What does that mean? How does this apply to you? What does Jesus mean when He declares Himself Lord of the Sabbath? How does this relate to Jesus being the Son of Man?
5. What have you learned from studying this chapter? How can you apply what you have learned to your live?