Leviticus 13:45-46 states that a leaper “must wear
torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the
lower part of his face and cry out, ‘Unclean!
Unclean!’ As long as he has the infection he
remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live
outside the camp.”
Imagine yourself in his place. How would this
disease affect you psychologically, religiously and
What risks did the leper take in coming to Jesus
What risks did Jesus take in responding to him
as he did?
How does Jesus respond to the man’s total
Why do you think these four men went to such
lengths to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus?
Considering their example, to what lengths have
you gone in order to bring your friends to Jesus
Were the friends hoping that Jesus would
forgive the paralytic’s sins or were they hoping
for something else?
Why would Jesus’ words cause such a stir
amongst the scribes
What is the answer to Jesus’ question in Mark
2:9? What did His command to the paralytic
demonstrate to those watching? Why was it
crucial for Jesus to demonstrate this?
Contrast the Pharisees’ attitude toward tax
collectors and ‘sinners’ with Jesus’ attitude.
Why was it significant that Jesus would call Levi,
a tax collector, to follow Him? What was
significant about the meal that Jesus share at
Levi’s house (Mark 2:15)? How does Jesus model
ministry for us here?
Would your reaction have been like that of the
scribes (or “teachers of the law,” NIV) of the
Pharisees in Mark 2:16? Who might be the “tax
collectors and sinners” around us today?
Jesus came announcing the kingdom and calling
people to follow him. What change would need
to take place in these Pharisees before they
could answer Jesus’ call?