Mark 2:13-3:6

  1. Note how, when questions were asked about his behaviour, Jesus made himself, and the work that he had come to do, the sufficient justification for his action. Cf. 2:6-12.
    What claim was he thus making for himself?
  2. Why did not Jesus’ disciples stand condemned for ‘doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath’?
    Who did stand condemned for their wrong use of the Sabbath in the subsequent controversy concerning the healing of the man with a withered hand?
    Since Jesus used the Sabbath as his day, and for men’s good, how ought we to use the Lord’s day?


  1. 2:19. The ‘bridegroom’ is, according to Old Testament usage, virtually a description of God in his covenant relation to his chosen people Israel. Cf. Hos. 2:16-20.
  2. 2:25,26, Note the repeated phrase ‘and his companions’. In such company their action could not be condemned.
  3. 2:23, 24 and 3:2. The scribes taught that to pluck ears of corn was a form of reaping, which the law did not allow on the Sabbath (Exod. 34:21); also that it was unlawful to do the work of healing on the Sabbath, unless life was in danger.