Weekly Study Questions

Mark 2:13-22, "Asking the Wrong Questions"

  1. In Mark chapter 2 the religious leaders ask a series of "why" questions.  In what way does Jesus answer their "why" questions with "who" answers beginning with Mark 2:7-10 and then through verses 22?
  2. Why is it important that we first ask and answer the "who are you Jesus" question before we attempt to ask and answer the "why" question?
  3. Why do you think the religious leaders were asking these questions and why do you think Jesus answered in the way that He did?
  4. In what way does Jesus answer concerning why He is eating with sinners and tax collectors answer the real question of "who" He is and why He has come?  Who is Jesus and why has He come?  See Luke 19:10
  5. In verse 17 Jesus says He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.  Who are the righteous?  Are the religious leaders the righteous, why or why not?  What is Jesus teaching here and what does He want the religious leaders to know?
  6. What is fasting?  Why did Jesus say it was not the right time to fast for His disciples?  Is fasting commanded for Christians?  Check out Matthew 6:16-18; Acts27:9.
  7. What is Jesus helping us understand about "who" He is and what He has come to do by using the illustrations of the "old and New cloth" and the "old and new wineskins"?  Consider your answer in light of passages such as 2 Cor. 5:17.
  8. In what ways do we sometimes try to patch new cloth onto old garment or put new wine into old wineskins in our own spiritual lives?
  9. What have you learned about "who" Jesus is and "why" He has come for you?
  10. How are you going to incorporate what you have learned into your life this coming week?