2 Mark

Author

Kristy Espinoza

Scripture

Mark 2:1-28

Observations

Jesus Heals a paralyzed man.

Jesus eats with the tax collectors (scum)

Jesus clarifies fasting.

Jesus clarifies what the meaning of Sabbath is.

Application

In Mark 2:1-12 Jesus heals a paralyzed man, I love the faith and persistence of the paralyzed man. They carried him on a mat, trying to reach Jesus, but could not, so they did not give up, they climbed on the roof, with the paralyzed man, and dug a hole and lowered him down to Jesus. With their Faith so strong they knew their hard work would heal their friend.  I love how Jesus just stops and says “ my child, your sins are forgiven” He doesn't question the man, he doesn't humiliate him, or punish him, He just forgives him, and wants to move on.  After that happened I love how Jesus knew people were questioning his right to heal, and questioning that he is the Son of Man, he doesn't have to prove anything, but he does, and he tells the man again “ Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” The man jumped up and picked up his mat and walked out! I love how no one said anything negative about that, they were speechless.

In mark 2: 13-17  Jesus eats with tax collectors and other disreputable sinners, people were talking about Jesus and questioning why he would eat or be with them. I love his response.. “ Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinner.”  This response is so good, it really makes you think...we are all “sick” we are all sinners and we need Jesus, he came here to help us, and to show us the way to eternal life, if you do not need healing you will not go to the “doctor” for help or guidance….I think in my life, I need to look at who I am talking about Jesus too, like the phrase “ preaching to the choir” this by no means that I can not talk to my believing friends about Jesus, but I think I need to be more intentional and talk to the unsaved, be the “doctor” in their lives. I do not think I do this enough.

In Mark 2:18-22 Jesus talked about Fasting. I am not the best at this, and I need help in this area, but when Jesus was asked why his disciples do not fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees, and Jesus response was Do wedding guest fast during a wedding? His discilples needed to celebrate him being with them at that moment, and fast once he goes.

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this passage, it was eye opening to me. Thank you for the jolt of a reminder to reach out to those who do not know you!  Give me people in my path so I can do that.  Lord, give me faith of the paralyzed man and his friends. Let me come to you with my problem, and know that you will heal me, and help me. Lord, let me be vulnerable with you and give you all of me. Lord, Thank you that you do forgive my sins and that I can pick up my mat and walk….Thank you for everything you have given me. In Jesus name..

AMEN

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Amen Kristy
I've never poured new wine into an old wine skins literally, but I have mentally. This passage is a reminder that Jesus is patient with us (me). In 2 Tim 3 we just read a blistering commentary of those who -v5 -"Have a form of godliness but deny its power". My form can look great while my heart criticizes, I can expect more from a young Christian (new wineskin) than he or she is able to attain to, or even expect an unbeliever to act more godly. Recognizing my absolute unworthiness in relationship to God apart from Jesus reminds me to stay "poor in spirit" (Matt. 5) This passage reminds me that my wineskin ( what I settle for in my faith) sometimes won't stretch any further - thank you Jesus for trading grace for law.
Lord, dissolve my legalistic heart and pour your new wine into my thirsty soul, stretch my thinking and my capacity to love.

Thu, July 16, 2015 @ 8:16 AM

2. Jan Ramirez wrote:
Thanks, Kristy. =)
I like what you said, that we who are saved were the paralytic, that Jesus 'healed' us, we picked up our mats and walked on our 'new' legs.
Since we know a (THE) good doctor, the healer of all, we (I) should be 'recommending' Him a whole lot more than we (I) do!!
Father, forgive me for keeping your healing to myself! Holy Spirit, help me to introduce others to the GREAT Physician, that they too can be set free!
Amen.

Thu, July 16, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

3. Bonnie Fields wrote:
Thank you Kristy, Jim and Jan!

This is my first time writing a comment. When I try to do that on Facebook, it often doesn't work. But yes, I was personally encouraged by Mark 2:5: "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." As I pray, "Lord, I pray your draw___________to Yourself" (from John 6:44), I can trust JESUS to answer my prayers for those the Spirit is placing on my heart. All praise and glory to God. I surrender all to God.

Thu, July 16, 2015 @ 5:42 PM

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