Mark 2a Notes

Mark2a Notes

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  

1 After some days

  
  

lengthy yet undefined period

  
  

returned to Capernaum

  
  

from traveling about Galilee   (1:39)

  
  

reported at home

  
  

News gets around (fast) -- He's at Peter's.

  

difficult to work in town (1:45)

  
  

2 many gathered

  
  

famous throughout region (1:28)

  
  

no more room, not even at door

  
  

crowded house! spilling out door

  
  

He preaching word

  
  

Primary work: teaching (1:38,39). Healing was secondary,   sometimes a hindrance.

  
  

3 they came (four men)

  
  

Many came, but these stand out.

  
  

carrying a paralytic

  
  

4 friends do the walking for 1 man

  
  

4 not get near Him

  
  

determination, despite the obstacles

  
  

removed the roof above

  
  

likely thatch or tile -- loose construction -- perhaps into   the central court of the house

  
  

made an opening

  
  

The commotion & debris was quite an interruption!

  
  

let bed down -- paralytic lay

  
  

down elevator -- right in front of Jesus

  
  

5 Jesus saw their faith

  
  

Such convicted determination was visible. How would this   resolve if Jesus could not heal their friend?!

  
  

"Son, sins forgiven"

  
  

1st things 1st. Greatest need met by   the greatest power of God -- to pardon.

  

friends: 'wait! but he needs to walk!'

  
  

6 some scribes sitting

  
  

High religious men had a seat in the house.

  
  

questioned in their hearts

  
  

Good logic working in their minds...

  
  

7 Why speak like that?

  
  

What had this lame man done to Jesus?

  
  

He blasphemes!

  
  

He's pronouncing pardon for God!

  
  

Only God can forgive sins.

  
  

Correct premise, but unacceptable resolution: Jesus is   God.

  

I cannot withhold pardon Divinely granted.

  
  

8 Immed Jesus perceived in spirit

  
  

His Divine nature sensed their hearts

  
  

they questioned within selves

  
  

This thought process was internal.

  
  

"Why question in your hearts?"

  
  

1st proof: He reads their minds!

  
  

9 Which is easier:

  
  

Both were easy to say...

  
  

Say, 'sins forgiven' or

  
  

invisible work not demonstrable, but...

  
  

'rise, take up bed & walk?'

  
  

physical healing requires tangible proof.

  
  

10 So you may know

  
  

Directly offered. "Here's your proof:"

  
  

Son of Man has authority on earth

  
  

Most often used self-appellation. Yet, to the people, a   veiled Messianic reference.

  

But, of course the Appointed King Eternal (Dan7:13,14) has   power here!

  
  

to forgive sins...

  
  

The central issue, His purpose in coming.

  
  

11 'Rise, pick up bed, go home.'"

  
  

Three-fold order, the 1st required miracle

  
  

12 He rose and immed picked up bed

  
  

Tension broken by once-lame man

  

w/o delay, take his own bed-roll up...

  
  

went out before them all

  
  

and walk right out in front of everyone!

  
  

so all amazed and glorified God

  
  

astonished at real power displayed

  
  

"We never saw anything like this!"

  
  

such demonstration un-precedent

  

 

Note: Nothing so builds unbelieving opposition as Jesus' use of Divine prerogative.

 

                                                                                                                 
  

13 He out again beside sea

  
  

foot travel by lake near town

  
  

all crowd coming to Him

  
  

mobbed by people everywhere he went

  
  

He was teaching them

  
  

His focal service / and ours: proclaim truth

  
  

14 He passed by Levi Bar-Alphaeus

  
  

aka Matthew (Mat9:9)

  

a Jew named from priestly tribe

  

worked as a traitor / extortioner

  
  

sitting at tax booth

  
  

tax agent collects excise on commerce*

  
  

"Follow me"

  
  

Jesus wants him as learner

  
  

he rose and followed.

  
  

Why leave lucrative business? likely never able to return.   Greater appeal in Jesus.

  
  

15 He reclined at table in his house

  
  

Seems a 'going-away' party for Levi.

  
  

many publicans and sinners

  
  

Many friends -- of similar background.

  
  

reclining with Jesus & disciples

  
  

Rabbi and students invited

  
  

because many followed Him.

  
  

as well as others. An open-door party.

  
  

16 Pharisaic scribes saw

  
  

Religious men watching Jesus

  
  

him eating with sinners and publicans

  
  

Friend with unholy and traitors

  
  

said to disciples, "Why?"

  
  

Explain please, how can He do this?

  
  

17 Jesus heard it and said

  
  

answer both simple and profound:

  
  

"Well people don't need a doctor,

  
  

A healthy man doesn't bother with doctor. These 'holy' men   did not need help.

  
  

but those who are sick.

  
  

The sick seek out healing.

  

(Tho many who do are not helped -- 5:26).

  
  

I came to call sinners

  
  

My purpose in coming (to earth?)

  

iaw: I'm with those who need me.

  
  

- not righteous -- to repentance."

  
  

The cure for the 'sin-disease' is repentance: to   re-consider & change for good.

  

The self-right won't change -- can't be cured.

  

 

*Tax Farming in the Roman Empire

  • Roman senate accessed average of only 1% on the      provinces. Sometimes poll or head tax, but often be commercial activity in      the area.
  • Auctioned off the position of tax-collector by      region. Based on projection of yield. An enterprising investor bid for the      job, was given office and went to work. Of course, he kept whatever he      could extract above his cost as profit.
  • Fishing the lake was a taxed activity. Matthew      bought into this revenue stream from Galilee.      Jesus had the tax man and fishers together in His group!

 

 

notes by David Teel Sunday, January 26, 2014




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