Weekly Study Questions

Mark 1:12-13, "The Ultimate Question"

  1. Why did the Holy Spirit "impel" Jesus into the wilderness? Why "immediately"? 
  2. What is the significance of the wilderness experience?  What characterizes a wilderness experience and discuss how wilderness experiences gives opportunity for Satan to tempt?  Such as need, discomfort, loneliness, etc.
  3. In what way does verses 12 and 13 fit with the context of verses 1-11?  Why does Mark include it and in what way does it answer the question "Can Jesus really do the job"?
  4. Why do you think Satan has more opportunity to tempt us when we are having a "wilderness experience"?  What does it mean to be having a "wilderness experience" and how does our experience relate to Jesus' experience?  
  5. What can we learn from our "wilderness experiences"?
  6. Why do "wilderness experiences" seem to follow "mountain top" experiences?  Consider Jesus baptism and then the wilderness. Also Red Sea miracle and then the wilderness.
  7. In what ways can having a spiritual victory or a wonderful spiritual experience give Satan an opportunity tempt us and score a victory against us?  Check out Paul's experience in 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10
  8. What does it mean to be tempted?  Why is temptation not a sin?  What does God promise in the midst of temptation?  What should we be doing in the midst of temptation?  See 1 Corinthians10:13.  Also Matthew and Luke's account.
  9. Satan is characterized as a "roaring lion" in 1 Peter 5:6-10. In light of this fact how are we to respond? Reflect on how a lion operates in the wild to capture it's prey.
  10. What can we learn about Satan and his commitment (strategy) to temp us from Luke 4:13?  What do you think it means when it says "...he left Him until an opportune time"?  Why is it important that we know this about Satan?
  11. Mark's account never really answers the question "Can Jesus really do the job"?  Will His flesh fail Him?  It leaves the answer to all of Jesus life to answer.  How does what Jesus did in the wilderness and throughout His life fit with what He asks each of us to do in Mark 8:34?
  12. Why is it important that at the end of the temptation in the wilderness Mark wants us to know that the angels were ministering to Jesus?  How does God minister to us in the midst of temptation and trial, our "wilderness experiences"?  Consider Matt. 11: 28-30; Phil. 4:6,7, ; Psalm 23...
  13. What have you learned from Jesus experience and temptation in the wilderness?  How are you going to apply what you have learned in your own life?