Mark – Part 7

Mark – Part 7

September 17th, 2017 (Mark 12: 35-44)

  • Why do you suppose Jesus interrupted His teaching in the temple to ask a question about David? Did the Lord have a “method” to what He was doing? If so, what was it?
  • Can you explain the “riddle” in verses 36-37? What does it mean?
  • Jesus told His hearers to beware of the scribes. Why?
  • Do we have those with the “scribe” mentality today?
  • Why would anyone need to “watch out” for such people? Isn’t their sin obvious, but harmless, if you recognize it?
  • Is it true no one can “out give” a generous poor widow?
  • Why does Jesus use her as an example?

September 24th, 2017 2017 (Mark 13: 1-23)

  • To what event do you think Jesus is referring when He speaks of the temple stones being thrown down? Is it historical? Metaphorical? Both?
  • When the disciples asked for “signs”, how did those signs appear? Have they appeared already? How do you know?
  • What about verse 10? Does this help us understand the timing of these events? Has the gospel been preached yet to all the nations?
  • How would you define Jesus’ use of the words “stand firm” in verse 13?
  • To what does the “abomination of desolation” refer?
  • Why wouldn’t the people have time to go back and retrieve their things?
  • Why was it important for the disciples to understand what Jesus meant?

October 1st, 2017 (Mark 13: 24-37)

  • Are these signs different from the ones Jesus mentioned in verses 1-23? If they’re different, what are these “signs” describing?
  • To what does the “Son of Man” and “angels” refer?
  • What does the parable of the fig tree have to do with what Jesus had been predicting?
  • In what sense would that “generation” not “pass away” until these things took place? Does this help us understand the timing of these events?
  • What does a master going on a long journey and returning unexpectedly have to do with what Jesus wants them to understand?
  • How do we “watch”? (Vs. 37)

October 8th, 2017 (Mark 14: 1-11)

  • Why does Mark mention it was the time of the Passover and Unleavened bread before he records the story at Simon’s house?
  • Is Jesus “reclining” at the table significant? (Vs. 3)
  • Is lavishing costly perfume on someone normally a good idea? Why was this case different in several ways?
  • Why does Jesus say Mary was preparing His body for burial (Vs.8)? Was this sacrificial act performed not only for adoration, but preparation?
  • What prophecy is fulfilled this morning as you study the text?
  • Was Judas’ premier motive for betraying Jesus money, or was money just one of his many struggles? How do you know?

October 15th, 2017 (Mark 14: 12-31)

  • How do you think the Passover was arranged by Jesus? Did He plan it or simply prophecy what would happen?
  • Why did Jesus introduce the subject of His betrayer at this supper? What was His motive?
  • Was Judas’ betrayal of Jesus out of Judas’ control? If so, how could Judas be found guilty?
  • What did Jesus mean when He said the bread was His body?
  • In what sense did the fruit of the vine represent the blood of the covenant?
  • Since Peter was so sure he wouldn’t deny Jesus, why did he? What lesson does that teach us about following Jesus?

October 22nd, 2017 (Mark 14: 32-52)

  • Why do you suppose Jesus took just Peter, James, and John with Him deeper into the garden? Why not the other apostles, too?
  • If Jesus knew His death on the cross was inevitable, why did He pray for the “cup” to pass?
  • Why was Jesus so adamant for His disciples to remain awake while He prayed?
  • Why did Jesus chide them for coming to arrest Him with weapons?
  • If you were guessing, who was the young man who fled naked? Why even mention such a minor detail?

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