Bible Study: Mark 14:27-65

Read Mark 14:27-65

1.                  Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2.                  Look at Mark 14:27-31.  How does Peter see himself in relation to the other disciples?  How do you think this makes the other disciples feel?  Di you think what Jesus’ reply to Peter was appropriate?  In what way?  How are you like Peter in this passage?  What might Jesus say to you about this?  How have you denied Christ?  What do you need to do to be bolder for Christ?
3.                  Look at Mark 14:32-42.  What was the most difficult situation you faced this week?  Who provided you with this most support as you faced this situation?  How?  Why don’t the disciples share Jesus’ sense of urgency?  How does this relate to their statements in this previous passage?  What did Jesus desire most of all?  Yet how did he pray?  Why?  How is Jesus’ emotional tone in verses 33-34?  How would you explain this difference?  What was the most important thing you learned about Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane account?  If, or when, have you faced a “Gethsemane” type situation?  What should determine for whom and what you pray?  How will this account change the way you pray this week?
4.                  Look at Mark 14:43-52.  Who is your best friend?  Why are they your best friend?  How did they become your best friend?  What do you think Judas thought would happen when they arrested Jesus?  Why?  What does this tell you about Judas’ understanding of Jesus’ mission?  Compare this passage with that of Isaiah 53:7-12.  How is this account in Mark the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah?  Why is it so important to Jesus that the mob not see him as a rebel leader?  How might this help to explain the actions of the disciples in verses 47 and 50?  How do you think Jesus and the disciples were able to pick up the pieces of their relationship after this debacle?  What relationships, if any, do you need to repair this week?  How will you being to do this?
5.                  Look at Mark 14:53-65.  When you were younger, who was the one person you were afraid to talk to?    Why did this person frighten you?  Who’s your favorite lawyer or law enforcement officer on TV?  Why?  What sort of evidence do the chief priests initially seek against Jesus?  Why do you think that Jesus, for the most part, remains silent?  On what evidence is the final decision against Jesus based? Why would the chief priests feel that Jesus has committed blasphemy?  How serious would a charge of blasphemy be taken by the roman authorities?  Does this present a problem for Jesus’ opponents?  What does the fact that Peter has followed Jesus tell you about Peter’s character?  What do you notice about Jesus’ conduct during this hearing?  Is this what you would expect of someone in this situation?  What type of situations are best handled silently?  When is it best to speak?  How can you know when to keep silent?  What is one thing that you have learned from this account that you can apply today?

*Much of the work in is not my own but used in collaboration with a few commentaries and Group Study Bible.

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