1. Read the headings in Mark 2:13-28.

  2. Highlight verses 17 and 27-28 of chapter 2.

  3. Read Mark 2:13-28.

  4. Consider the following questions.

What is the unspoken issue behind the Pharisee's question in 2:16?

2:17 is an important verse.  If Jesus is the "doctor" in the metaphorical saying, who are people that you would define as "well," "sick," "righteous," and "sinners"?

To what do you think Jesus was referring when he talked about "the bridegroom being taken away"?  (2:20)

In 2:13-17, the issue is that Jesus _____ with tax collectors and sinners.  In 2:18-22, the issue is that Jesus' disciples do not _______.  In 2:23-28, the issue is that Jesus' disciples were ________ grain on a sabbath.  What is the deeper issue behind these three incidents that unifies them?

Does Jesus say that he is the "Son of Man" to whom he refers in 2:28?  How do you know if he is or is not?

How do you observe a sabbath day?  What does Jesus' saying in 2:27-28 mean for you?  For example, does it mean:

  • I don't have to go to church if I don't want to.

  • It's okay to work or shop on Sunday.

  • A sabbath day is meant by God to be a gift to us, not a burden.

  • T.G.I.S.  (Thank God, It's Sabbath!)

Read the explanation to the Third Commandment in Martin Luther's Small Catechism.