The journey through Deuteronomy came to a close last week and now the journey will go back into the book of Mark. The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the book of Mark over the next few weeks, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior, we have taken the steps necessary to make this day amazing!
Questions for Reflection
Mark 10:1-16 – What, do you think, do the Pharisees expect or want Jesus to say? Relate Jesus’ view of marriage with God’s initial purpose in creating the two sexes. What is the essence of the Marriage bond? What is Jesus’ attitude toward His standards in view of human weakness? What qualities of children are necessary to enter the kingdom and need to be a part of our life?
Mark 10:17-31 – What prevents the man’s relationship with God? What about riches makes entering the kingdom hard? What have you left to follow Jesus? What will be your gain?
Mark 10:32-45 – What do you think makes the disciples amazed and afraid? What additional facts about his future does Jesus divulge (Also read Mk 8:31 and Mk 9:12)? What are your aims in regard to Jesus’ kingdom? What are the meaning of cup and baptism? What is Jesus’ concept of leadership (Read Mk 9:33-37)?
Mark 10:46-52 – What qualities does Bartimaeus reveal? What do you want Jesus to do for you? What is the cause and result of Bartimaeus’ healing?
Mark 11:1-11 – What Jewish feast is being observed? In what ways do the disciples act in faith when they follow the instructions given to them by Jesus? What does Jesus do when he gets to Jerusalem?
Mark 11:12-25 – For what reason does Jesus perpetuate the state in which he finds the fig tree? According to Jesus, what is the purpose of the temple? Why does the action of Jesus within the temple courts bring fear to the priests and scribes? In what ways does Jesus use the fig tree to illustrate prayer?
Mark 11:27-33 – What is the authority of priests, scribes, and elders? What do you think is their purpose in asking Jesus to prove his authority (See 2:6-7; 3:2; 7:1-5; 10:2)? What is the ultimate irony of their answer to Jesus’ question?
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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
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Now that is a great plan! I look forward to seeing your insights on Mark.
Blessings from mighty King Jesus.