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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome back to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
We continue this new segment on my blog by looking into Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Mark from the Holy Bible. If you missed Chapter 1 last week, please click the link for it. I’ll be sharing summaries of each chapter of Mark’s Gospel in the run up to Easter, telling the life story of Jesus, the son of God.
Last time, Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. He went out and picked four disciples including Simon; his brother Andrew; James and his brother John. Jesus healed many sick people and drove out many demons. He healed a man from leprosy who told everyone about Jesus.
Let’s find out what Jesus does in Chapter 2 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 2
Chapter 2 begins a few days later when Jesus entered Capernaum again. Everyone heard he was coming and they gathered in large numbers inside a house. There was no room left and Jesus began preaching to them. A group of four friends brought a paralyzed man on a mat to be healed by Jesus.
But the friends couldn’t get the paralyzed man to see Jesus because of the crowded house. They then made a hole in the roof of the house and lowered the paralyzed man to Jesus. When Jesus saw the paralyzed man, he said, “Son, your sins are forgiven”. This shocked the teachers of the law there.
They wondered why Jesus talked like that, saying that he was blaspheming and that only God can forgive sins. Jesus knew what the teachers of the law were thinking and he asked, “Which is easier? To say to the paralysed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up, take your mat and walk?””
Jesus then told the paralyzed man to get up, take his mat and go home. At that, the man got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of the crowd. Everyone was amazed and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” This is Jesus forgiving and healing a paralyzed man.
Later, Jesus calls for Levi and eats with sinners. It started when Jesus went out beside a lake and a large crowd gathered there. He began to teach them before he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, who was a tax collector. Jesus told Levi to follow him. Levi followed and they went and had dinner at his house.
Soon, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Jesus and Levi at Levi’s house. The teachers of the law, who were the Pharisees, saw this happening and they asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard the Pharisees saying this and he rebuked them.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Later, Jesus questioned about fasting, as the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees did it. Some people asked Jesus why he and his disciples were not fasting.
Jesus answered by questioning, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?” He then goes on to talk about people putting new wine into new wineskins rather than new wine into old wineskins. Afterwards, Jesus and his disciples go through the grainfields on one Sabbath day.
The Pharisees again questioned why Jesus and his disciples were doing ‘what is unlawful on the Sabbath’. Jesus answered by asking if they have never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and needy. He also tells them ‘the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath’.
That’s it for Chapter 2 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 3.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!