Review and Reflect on Mark 12:28-34 – Loving God and Loving People is the sum of what God requires of us.

Over the last chapter, Jesus has displayed his wisdom and authority over nearly every group among the influential leaders of Jerusalem. The Scribes, Pharisees, Elders, Priests, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees all have tried to catch Jesus in his words and trap him, yet he eludes them. Their attempts to discredit him or have him arrested […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 7:14-23

Last week, we looked at the first part of this story, found in Mark 7:1-13, where Jesus teaches that true religion isn’t only about what you do, but why you do it. Read the remainder of the story in Mark 7:14-23. In verse 14, we see Jesus take this private debate out into the crowd and […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 7:1-13

Up to this point Jesus has appeared as a figure of powerful action rather than a teacher, and has been received with popularity. But at the beginning of chapter 7 controversy comes and it is met by even more controversial teaching. The religious leaders reenter the picture for the first time in a few chapters […]

Review and Reflect – Mark 2:23-28

Read Mark 2:23-28. The Law allowed for people to eat grain from a field as they were walking by it or through it. Anyone who wanted could grab a few handfuls of grain to eat, but they weren’t permitted to harvest without permission. So what Jesus’s disciples are doing isn’t illegal, it was perfectly fine. The […]

Review and Reflect – Mark 2:1-12

First, read Mark 2:1-12. Jesus continued to travel throughout the region surrounding the Sea of Galilee in Northern Israel and after he teaches, heals, and casts out demons in the area for some time, he returns to Simon’s house in the town called Capernaum. Jesus is the great healer; at least he was last time […]

Review and Reflect on Mark 1:40-45

Read Mark 1:40-45. Leprosy is a horrible skin disease that had no cure in biblical times, and, in fact, a cure for it was only developed around the 1940’s and 50’s. It wasn’t until 1981 that the World Health Organization was actually able to recommend a series of drugs to cure the disease and it […]