Answers  Mark 2 B - 3 A

Day 1 Review Last Weeks Questions

1.From our discussion on the questions or the lecture what stood out the most to you?

2. What have you applied to your life this week from our study last week?

Day 2 Read Mark 2:23-28  Matthew 12:1-8   Deuteronomy 5:12-15   1 Samuel 21:1-6

3. Compare the story in Mark with the account given by Matthew. Give and explain points that Jesus used to defend His disciples’ action on the Sabbath.

1. Have you not read what David did, he and his men ate bread that was lawful for them to eat.
2. Have you not read how the priests work on the Sabbath and are blameless.
3. But I tell you, Something greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here! Amplified.
4. The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.
5. The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
6. You need to understand the meaning of I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.

4. Do you think the disciples actually broke God’s command from Deuteronomy, or did they only break the religious traditions of men?

No the law was made for man’s benefit not to be a burden. It was made because they had been slaves and never got a day of rest so God in His mercy for slaves and freemen alike commanded them to remember they once were slaves and all men were to rest on the Sabbath.

Day 3 Read Mark 3:1-6 & Isaiah 58:1-7

5. From this story of the man with the withered hand, was Jesus interpreting the letter or the spirit of the law?
The spirit of the law, the heart of what God desires.

6. From Isaiah 58 what is more important to the Lord the letter of the law or the spirit behind the law? Explain your answer.
The Spirit, God does not care how pious we are or how many religious activities we engage in. He desires us to show mercy to the downtrodden, help the poor and outcast. This is the Spirit of the law.

7. From Isaiah 58:3 what are the two complaints God’s people make against Him?
We fast and you don’t see. We afflict our soul and you take no notice.

8. From Isaiah 58:3-7 what is God’s answer? From our Lord’s answer what is He really looking for in man?
You fast to be seen and for strife and debate and to smite with the fist of wickedness.
The Lord wants a fast to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free, and that your brake every yoke. To deal bread to the hungry and bring the poor that are cast out to thy house. To cover the naked and do not hid from your own family.

Day 4  Isaiah 58:8-14 & James 1:22-27

9. From the passage in Isaiah list the promises God makes to those who walk in the spirit of God’s commands?
Thy light bread forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearward. When you call God will answer. You shall cry and God shall say Here I Am.

10.  Which of these promises mean the most to you and why?
HERE I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. From the passage in James what does James call the law? Why do you think he places this name on it.
Law of Liberty. This is what God intended it to be.

12.From James 1:26 what causes our religion to be in vain?
When we can’t control our tongue.

13. What does James say is true religion?
Visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep yourself unspotted from the world.

Day 5 Spend some quite time with the Lord and answer these questions.

14. How much of your thinking is dominated by man’s interpretation of God’s law? Do you see the law through the person of Jesus?
Too much, it is so easy to get distracted from what the Lord really desires of us.

15. Are there good Bible practices that have only become a tradition in your life?
Praying over a meal without really stopping to be thankful.

16.  When looking at your Christian brother or sister do you have a tendency to see their faults or their strengths? Pray before you answer this question allowing God to reveal your heart?
With laypeople I have a tendency to see their strengths but I am not always as gracious with people in the ministry and I should be more gracious.