Mark 2:18-22 New On Old

Same thing, new purpose and method

Same thing, new purpose and method

Today we are with Jesus when He is approached by people who notice a difference between His disciples’ behavior and that of other disciples. The difference they point to specifically is fasting. We get to hear how Jesus addresses their question.

If any of you have been with us during our study of Matthew, you know that we addressed fasting in a couple of instances. One of those times was when Matthew shared this same encounter with us. I’m going to post links to the two instances that Jesus deals with fasting in Matthew. I believe those two blog entries sum up all I know about fasting. The first is when Jesus is teaching His sermon on the mountain top and deals with fasting. The second is Matthew’s account of today’s storyRead more »

Mark 2:13-17 Came to Call the Sinners

No pills for my ills

No pills for my ills

We join Jesus walking by the sea again today. I’m assuming that it was the Sea of Galilee, but we are not told what city He was near. Wherever He is He has a LARGE crowd following Him, again. No problem; its lesson time!

Mark doesn’t tell us what lesson Jesus was teaching or how long it lasted. Mark simply picks up the story as Jesus leaves the seashore. I am curious where Jesus “passed by.” Was there a tax booth on the seashore? Was it as you entered a specific road between two cities? How and where did Jesus encounter Matthew? Was Matthew within hearing distance of Jesus’ teaching that day? Had Matthew popped in and out of his booth to hear Jesus speak? Had he been where Jesus was teaching on other occasions? Plain and simply, why Matthew? I wonder if Matthew wondered, “Why Matthew” too. Read more »

Mark 2:1-12 Your Sins are Forgiven

Get to Jesus any which way you can!

Get to Jesus any which way you can!

Today we join Jesus as He comes back to His new hometown, Capernaum. Unlike Nazareth, His original hometown, Capernaum is MORE than willing to accept His works and listen to His teachings. They are so ready to accept His teachings that they filled the house where He was at to capacity and beyond.

I was doing a little research to see what the homes of Jesus’ time looked like. There were a few sites I came across after Googling my question. One I found interesting was Farrell’s Travel Blog. Because the author claims to have been conducting tours of the region we are studying, I think he might have an idea about the house where Jesus was teaching. Read more »

Mark 1:40-45 Hope for the Hopeless

 

I will, be clean!

I will, be clean!

Mark mentioned, in yesterday’s reading, that Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and casting out demons. He didn’t mention Jesus healing people. I wondered about it at the time, but it seems that Mark didn’t mention it because he wanted to share specific healings instead of just a lump sum statement. Today Mark shares about a man with leprosy who came to Jesus.

Mark doesn’t tell us how this man came to the conclusion that Jesus could heal him or if he had watched Jesus in action before. What he does tell us is about the man’s absolute conviction that Jesus could help him, IF He only wanted to. He came to Jesus begging Him for help. He was on his knees and didn’t care who saw him there. He was a diseased nobody already, what is a little more groveling going to do to him? This man shouldn’t have even been coming up to a healthy person, because of the restrictions put on those with this disease, but he was desperate and KNEW help was within his reach. Read more »

Mark 1:35-39 Jesus, the Traveling Evangelist

He had a lot of work to do

He had a lot of work to do

Jesus has just had a long night ministering to people. As soon as the sun went down and ended the Sabbath, people were at Peter’s doorstep asking for miracles from Jesus. We are going to join Him on the morning after.

I have no idea how long Jesus ministered to the people but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was well after midnight before everyone was satisfied and went home. Jesus must have gotten some sleep though because Mark tells us that He rose very early in the morning, while it was still dark.

Jesus was more than likely exhausted. So does he sleep in like we would do? No. He gets up before dawn and goes searching for true refreshing. Jesus didn’t find refreshing in sleep or food or even hobbies. He found refreshing in the presence of His Father. He habitually spent time in prayer. This was where He was filled up again so He could continue to pour out Himself into people’s lives. Read more »