Gospel of Mark Studies 16-24
Mark Study 16
Read Mark 7: 1-23
1. During the Babylonian captivity the Jewish rabbis made many new rules to help the people keep the Law of Moses. These “Traditions of the elders” were written down in 200 AD in the “Mishnah”. What tradition had the disciples broken?
2. What was it in the marketplace that was considered to be “unclean? (Or whom?) Why?
3. What is Jesus’ accusation against the Pharisees and teachers of the law?
4. How did Jesus’ teaching differ from theirs?
5. What does Jesus say makes a person unclean?
6. What traditions can distract us from seeking God whole-heartedly?
7. Why do people sometimes call Christians hypocrites?
Mark Study 17
Read Mark 7: 24-30
1. When Jesus hesitated before healing it is usually because he has an important point to make. What is the meaning of the mini-parable he tells?
2. In Jesus’ time a slang word for “Gentile” (i.e. non-Jew) was “dog”. Accepting she is not one of the “children”, in what does the woman put her faith?
3. This woman is the only person to address Jesus as “Lord” in the whole of Mark’s gospel. What has she understood that the disciples have missed?
Read Mark 7: 31-37
4. Why did Jesus heal the man privately?
5. Why did Jesus command the people to not talk about the healing?
6. Read Isaiah 35:4-6. What is the significance of this particular miracle? How does it point to Jesus’ true identity?
7. What risks did Jesus take in healing people, both personally and in compromising his mission? How can the church show true compassion without becoming just another charity?
Mark Study 18
Read Mark 8: 1-13
1. What is Jesus’ response to people in need?
2. How do the disciples respond?
3. What is the church’s response to people in need today?
4. Why did Jesus perform miracles for the crowd but refuse to do so for the Pharisees?
5. What signs of God’s kingdom had already accompanied Jesus’ teaching?
6. Why were the Pharisees blind to these signs?
7. Do miracles help people believe and have faith? What signs of God’s kingdom at work can we see today?
Mark Study 19
Read Mark 8: 14-21
1. A tiny amount of yeast ferments a large amount of dough. In the previous passage the Pharisees had demanded a sign. Their religion was very legalistic. Herod, on the other hand, was a ruthless politician and employed military might to get his way. What corrupting “yeast” does Jesus warn the disciples to avoid? What were the risks their influences posed in corrupting the early church?
2. What corruption does the church face today? In what should our faith be?
3. Why does the disciples’ discussion about bread frustrate Jesus?
4. What does it indicate about their faith in his ability and willingness to provide for them?
5. What explanation did Jesus provide for why some people do not understand His teachings?
Read Mark 8: 22-26
6. How are the disciples like the blind man?
7. How is Jesus’ compassion evident in this healing? Why is it done away from the village?
8. What does it take for people to see Jesus clearly?