The Gospel According to Mark Week #45
OBJECTIVE: To read about and discuss the life of Jesus, applying his teachings to our lives.
Feasting on the Word: Mark, Chapters 7 and 8 (As you read, notice the emotions of Jesus.)
Family Discussion: (7:1-23) What were the scribes and Pharisees complaining about? Was the ceremonial washing of hands a commandment, or a tradition they had made up? What does “hypocrite” mean? What were the Jewish leaders doing that Jesus said was wrong? How did Jesus explain that it’s what is in a man’s heart that is most important? (7:24-31) What did the woman want Jesus to do? Was Jesus being rude to her with his answer? What did he mean by it? What did the woman say? How did Jesus react to her statement? Whom did Jesus heal next? How did he do it? (8:1-21) How is this story similar to the feeding of the 5,000? How is it different? Did Jesus care about people’s physical needs, or only their spiritual ones? Why did the Pharisees want to see a sign from heaven? When Jesus warned his disciples about the “leaven” of the Pharisees, what did they think he meant? How did Jesus feel about this? (8:22-38) What was strange about the healing in verses 22-25? Why did some think Jesus was Elijah or John the Baptist? Who did Peter say Jesus was? What did Jesus prophesy about his future? Why did Jesus say to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan”? Then Jesus told them (and us) how to be a true disciple. What does it mean to take up your cross?
Challenge: What do you learn from… …the fact that it is possible to worship God in vain? (7:6-8) Ultimately, whose responsibility is it to make sure you are worshipping God acceptably? …the fact that being ashamed of Jesus is a serious offense? (8:38) Read and discuss Matthew 10:32-33.