As we study the life and ministry of Jesus, please keep in mind how unique our Savior is from any other religion on the planet. The person that makes our religion unique from other faith and spiritual traditions is the Lord Jesus Christ. There is NONE like Him anywhere. Not even close. The more you understand who Jesus is and just how unique He is, the less likely you’ll be duped by some cult or religious fad.
Jesus ministry was not going to be business as usual and that ruffled the feathers of the religious leaders. Matthew (2:13-14): Jesus calls the one person that is hated in the community to be one of His disciples (Matthew wrote the first book of the NT). Tax collectors “bought” a certain tax territory and could subdivide and sell his territory to other collectors. These subdividers not only collected the tax due to Rome but added a little extra in for themselves. Marginalized (2:15-17): Jesus has a dinner party with some friends of Matthew. Naturally they would have been other tax collectors and “scoundrels”. The Scribes opposed this event but Jesus informs them His purpose of coming in v. 17. If we are going to reach out to the lost, we are going to have to interact with those outside the church (we sometimes create protective bubbles at church). Jesus didn’t go looking for a crowd. He interacted with Matthew and Matthew called his friends together to meet up with Jesus.
Fasting (2:18-20): While fasting was a part of the OT tradition on the Day of Atonement, the scribes did it more often (see Luke 18:12) and to bring more attention to themselves than to God. Fasting was a sign of mourning and why would someone do that when the “bright and morning star” was in their midst? Illustrates (2:21-22): Jesus lifts up two examples of mixing “old” with “new”. You couldn’t mix his new approach to ministry with the old traditions of the scribes. Wine skins got hard when they got old and to put new wine in them would cause them to expand and break—wasting everything. The expansion principle applied to patching. Jesus was using these examples to show that His approach to ministry wouldn’t fit with the old human traditional/legal system. In what ways are there tensions between the way we’ve always done church and what is needed to be effective today? Our principles/absolutes never change but programs and methodologies do change in order to serve the present age.
Expected: What were the expectations of Jesus by the Scribes on the Sabbath? HS: John 14:26Sabbath: Acts 20:7 & 1 Cor 16:2
Restricted: we have to be mindful of who might be watching us. The devil seeks to always trip us up (1 Peter 5:8)Anger: Jesus gets angry in response to the evil intentions of the scribes when there was a man in need of help. The alliance of the Pharisees and the Herodians was one bent on using any means necessary to get rid of Jesus. We have to be careful of ANYTHING that will take our eyes off Jesus and the kingdom. This includes our associations and conventions. Better: Jesus teaches us that we need to remain true to who we are regardless of what opposition we might encounter (see Romans 12:20-21)
Gospel of mark pt 1 session 04
The Gospel Of St Mark – Part 1<br />Life Enrichment University<br />St Mark Missionary Baptist Church<br />Session 04<br />Ps Darryl M. Matthews, Instructor<br />
Jesus’ Ministry IsDifferent<br />The Gospel of<br />St Mark – Part 1<br />
Jesus’ Ministry Is Different<br />Significant Events We’ll Examine:<br />Jesus’ Authority Is Different<br />Jesus’ Actions Are Different<br />Jesus’ Love Is Different<br />Gospel of St Mark Pt 1 – Lesson 04<br />
Jesus’ Ministry Is Different<br />Jesus’ Authority Is Different (2:13-22)<br />Ministry was different from the Scribes:<br />The call of Matthew to be a disciple<br />Jesus ate with the marginalized folks<br />Gospel of St Mark Pt 1 – Lesson 04<br />
Jesus’ Ministry Is Different<br />Jesus’ Authority Is Different (2:13-22)<br />Ministry was different from the Scribes:<br />Jesus approach to fasting was different<br />Jesus illustrates how His ministry was different<br />Gospel of St Mark Pt 1 – Lesson 04<br />
Jesus’ Ministry Is Different<br />Jesus’ Actions Are Different (2:23-28)<br />Jesus didn’t always do what was expected<br />Jesus taught under the direction of the Holy Spirit <br />Jesus redefined Sabbath<br />Gospel of St Mark Pt 1 – Lesson 04<br />
Jesus’ Ministry Is Different<br />Jesus’ Love Is Different (3:1-6)<br />Jesus’ doing good was not restricted by tradition<br />Jesus does display correct anger <br />Jesus shows us that its better to do good even when opposed<br />Gospel of St Mark Pt 1 – Lesson 04<br />
Next Week – Lesson 5<br />The Time Of Popularity(Mark 3:7-35)<br />