My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Mark 2

Revolutionary

Summary:
Jesus was in a crowded house, so some people lowered a disabled man through the roof. Jesus declared him forgiven, which the authorities didn't like, but Jesus defended his authority and healed him.

Jesus called Levi, a sinner, to be his disciples. The Pharisees didn't like this, but Jesus explained that it is the sick who need doctors.

They asked Jesus why his disciples didn't fast, and his answer was because they currently didn't need to, because God was amongst them.

On the Sabbath, Jesus picked some grains illegally. When confronted he pointed to when David did God's work by breaking the Sabbath, and declared himself Lord of the Sabbath.

Key verse:
17. It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

My thoughts:
The most striking theme of this passage is that Jesus is counter-cultural. He forgives people to the point of blasphemy. He hangs out with sinners. He doesn't fast, and he breaks the Sabbath. Nothing Jesus does in this chapter is normal or accepted. Jesus definitely ruffled some omelets...

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