Mark 2 Reading Guide

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-12 - Jesus' brand new ministry has captured attention, and when He comes 'home' to Capernaum (this was His adopted home town. He actually grew up in Nazareth) a massive crowd gathers, and Jesus began using His preferred method of capturing their hearts and minds: "He preached the word to them (v2)."

  • A group of men came carrying a paralytic friend, and because of the crowd, they famously lower their friend from the roof so he could be healed.

  • Upon seeing this man lowered down, Jesus "saw their faith (v5)" and then said something quite puzzling:

  • "Son, your sins are forgiven (v5)."

  • This isn't exactly what this group had in mind; they simply wanted their friend to be able to walk.

  • It also captured the attention of the establishment, whose blasphemy alarms were going off bigtime in their heads.

  • Jesus, anticipating the establishment's response, looks straight at them,

  • and told them "the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (v10)."

  • To add an exclamation point to that last sentence, Jesus told the paralytic to get up and walk home.

  • v13-17 - As Jesus walked and taught, He saw one of the least like Jews in the community - a tax collector. His name was Levi, but you know him better as Matthew.

  • Jesus simply said "follow me," and without hesitation Matth