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                         "THE GOSPEL OF MARK"

                             Chapter Two

Returning to Capernaum, Jesus demonstrated His power to forgive sins by
healing a paralytic (1-12).  After teaching by the sea, Jesus called Levi
(Matthew) to follow Him and later dined at his house with tax collectors
and sinners (13-17).  Jesus is questioned about fasting by disciples of 
both John and the Pharisees (18-22), and later challenged by the 
Pharisees because His disciples plucked grain to eat on the Sabbath (23-28).


   *  Jesus' power to forgive sins, and His association with sinners

   *  Jesus' comments regarding fasting, and His authority regarding the


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic - Mk 2:1-12
   - The call of Levi (Matthew) and the feast at his house - Mk 2:13-17
   - Jesus questioned about fasting and the Sabbath - Mk 2:18-28

2) Where did Jesus return following his ministry throughout Galilee? (1)
   - To Capernaum, from where He had begun (cf. Mk 1:21)

3) How did Jesus demonstrate His power to forgive sins? (9-11)
   - By healing a man who was paralyzed

4) What was the reaction following the healing of the paralytic? (12)
   - All were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything 
     like this!"

5) Who did Jesus call to follow Him? What immediately followed? (14-15)
   - Levi, also known as Matthew (cf. Mt 9:9); a feast at Levi's house

6) How did Jesus justify eating with tax collectors and sinners? (16-17)
   - "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are 
   - "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance"

7) What did Jesus teach about His disciples fasting? (19-22)
   - The time was not right for them to fast; but the time for fasting 
     would come
   - A time for change was nigh ("New wine must be put in new wineskins")

8) What did the disciples of Jesus do that was challenged by the 
   Pharisees? (23-24)
   - They were plucking heads of grain on the Sabbath

9) What three arguments did Jesus make in defense of His disciples? (25-28)
   -  The example of David and his men eating the showbread
   -  The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath
   -  The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath
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