Lesson 197 (Mark 2) --
"The Sabbath Was Made for Man"

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Jesus heals a paralyzed man

1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.Jesus eats with sinners at Matthew’s house13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.Religious leaders ask Jesus about fasting18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. 21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.The disciples pick wheat on the Sabbath23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Lesson No. 197                     “The Sabbath Was Made for Man”       

Mark Chapter 2                                                   04/13/2014

1)     Jesus is teaching in a packed house in Capernaum, and a man with palsy on a stretcher could not get in the house (verses 1-4).  What did his four friends do to help?  How great was their faith?

2)     What did Jesus say to the man and why?  What did the paralyzed man ask for?  (Hint- verse 5)  Why?

3)     Who complained (in their hearts)  about what Jesus said and why?  What did Jesus say to them and to the paralyzed man?  What was the reaction to Jesus' physical healing of the man?

4)     Jesus calls Levi (Matthew) to 'follow me', then has dinner with him and his friends the publicans and sinners.  What did the Pharisees have to say about this, and what did Jesus say?  (Hint- verses 13-17)

5)     We need to realize this in our ministries and not just spend time with our Christian brothers and sisters, but also the lost.   But, what do we have to be mindful of?

6)     The Pharisees then challenged Jesus as to why his disciples did not fast.  What did He tell them and, at the same time, what did He teach us about fasting?  Why do we fast?  (Hint- verses 18-20)

7)     In the same teaching, Jesus goes on to teach about new wine and new cloth for garment repair.  What is He teaching with these examples?  (Hint- verses 21-22)

8)     Again, the Pharisees are looking for 'fault' in Jesus' ministry, and challenge Jesus about His disciples picking corn to eat on the Sabbath; verses 23-28).  Why was this a problem?

9)     Jesus responds with a story about King David in battle. What was it?  (Hint- verse 25-26)

10)          So, what does Jesus mean that the Sabbath was made for man?  And also, that the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath?