Thursday, December 5, 2013

Bible Study (Online): Gospel of Mark ~ Study Twelve

Getting to Know Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
Study Twelve: Mark 2:18-22

18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2)

1.  This testimony introduces us to contrasts between following Jesus, and following others. Where does Jesus put the focus in explaining the differences in his illustration of the bridegroom?


2. What does Jesus’ illustration of the unshrunk cloth add to the explanation of these differences?


3. How does the illustration of the new wine make clear what Jesus is talking about?


4. What did Jesus mean that “new wine is for fresh wineskins”?


5. What are some ways that people try to mix Jesus’ “new wine” with old wineskins, or his new, unshrunk cloth with old clothes?


6. How does the following Scripture help to understand what God is working to do in our lives through Jesus’ illustrations: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)


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Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

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