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Lesson # Mark 2:6-12
Study Material - Mark 2:6-12
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6 But there were some of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 'Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?' 8 And immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, 'Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9 'Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven'; or to say, 'Arise, and take up your pallet and walk'? 10 'But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins'-- He said to the paralytic-- 11 'I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.' 12 And he rose and immediately took up the pallet and went out in the sight of all; so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, 'We have never seen anything like this.'
Yes this study in Mark is a duplication of sorts, but a little repetition can't hurt us. There are some subtle differences however. By the way, we just finished this topic in Luke, in case you just joined the study. So that is what I am referring to (the recent study in Luke) as far as the duplication goes. We will cover it again in Matthew and some in John. Many topics are duplicated in the four gospels. But each has a slightly different twist.
Ever had a conversation with someone? They don't say anything, but by their reaction and body language you just know what they are thinking? They roll their eyes, shrug their shoulders and such. Well these Pharisees probably did something similar. Jesus knew what they were thinking, even without them speaking directly to Him.
Here is the Son of God, the Savior prophesied, the creator of the universe, sitting directly in front of the crowd, sitting in a home in the city and the city did not turn out 100% to see Him. The region did not pack up and leave their homes to go and see God. The country did not find its way to Capernaum.
The home was crowded but that probably meant dozens of folks, not hundreds, not thousands. How many people would it take to crowd your home - 20, 50 100?? Could you handle more on your property. Remember that this home was certainly not a mansion on a vast estate, but it was probably an upper class style home since it has a court yard with outer walls and such.
'Why does this man speak that way?, is the first question. But the first question should really be, 'Who is this man?' Once His identity is established, then the rest of the questions as to His purpose and comments should be clear. These priests were authorities in the scriptures, or so they thought of themselves as authorities. They also perceived themselves as the spiritual leaders of the masses, and the direct 'blessed' of God. They were totally wrong. They were totally clueless.
Jesus forgives the sins, and then heals the paralysis before their very eyes. Yet still the people were only 'amazed' at the show. How many fell down on their faces in the dust, or on the floor and began to worship Him? None. What did Peter do when the fish were caught? He fell down, and correctly identified Him as Lord. What did Abraham do? The same. He fell down, face down in total humility, in total surrender. But these folks did not fall down. They were impressed only. 'We have never seen anything like this!' Where is the light switch?
What is easier, to cure a paralysis, or to forgive? Most of you already know the answer to this. Most new comers guess it is easier to forgive, but that is incorrect. Forgiveness is the result of the work of Christ on the Cross. That is referred to as 'arm' work for God. The creation of the universe is described as finger work. The power of the arm is far greater than that of the finger, therefore it takes more effort when the arm is necessary to do a job, than when the finger alone is used.
Is He blaspheming? No. He is God and God cannot blaspheme or do anything wrong in any fashion. The priests did not recognize Jesus for who He was, and likewise many folks do not recognize Bible study for what it can offer ones life. People are caught up in their daily busy schedules. ' I'll get into a study program when I find time. Right now I am too busy,' is the typical response. People do not recognize the power, the magnitude of Bible study and just what it means to ones life.
Can we drive through a quick serve window and get our spiritual meal? No. Life is not like that. Can we see the results of our spiritual growth from moment to moment? No.
Here is why. The paralytic was carried by four other people. That is a picture of grace. God gives each one of us grace. He carries us through life whether we recognize it or not. God provides us with many means to get along in life. Are you alive and breathing? Do you have an education? Can you get one? Do you have a job? Do you have the ability to get one? Are there resources available for you out there in the world? Have you looked?
We have many things available to us by the grace of God, but we do not look, therefore we do not see. Jesus forgave and all heard the forgiveness. Jesus healed and all saw the healing. How many understood the real implications of what was taught and demonstrated? Few.
Look at your own life. What has transpired throughout your life. Has you life gone totally according to 'your' first plan of life? Probably not. Most of us start out expecting one thing in life, and then somewhere along the line we get sidetracked onto some other thing, and it turns out that, that other thing is better. That is grace. God know what is best for you. You do not. Repeat. God knows what is best for each one of us. None of us know what is best for ourselves. Only through Bible doctrine do we come to know the truth, and you should know the rest of that phrase (the truth shall make you free).
Our spiritual growth is grace. God does all the work. He provides the words. He communicates the words, He inculcates those words within our soul. He guides us through His words.
Brain washing? Far from it. Truth is never forced on anyone, but freely given to those who wish it. Other religions, other nations, force their populations to learn and adhere to their doctrines whether the people want them or not. God never forces, but gives opportunity. We, each one of us, have the choice to either accept Gods lead and the blessing that goes along with it, or we can choose the jungle and get whatever we can out of there.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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