A Study of the Gospel of mark

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Portraits of Jesus A Study of the Gospel of Mark by Gary Fisher Instructions: Please take all courses in order as listed on our home page (the computer will ask!). If you have not done all the lessons of previous courses, please click here to go to the beginning. If you have not already done so, save this lesson to your computer using the save feature of your browser or PDF reader. Then print out the lesson (or at least open it in your browser or PDF reader offline − not on the Internet). Rea
  Portraits of Jesus A Study of the Gospel of Mark by Gary FisherInstructions: Please take all courses in order as listed on our home page (the computer will ask!). If youhave not done all the lessons of previous courses, pleaseclick here to go to the beginning. If you have not already done so, save this lesson to your computer using the save feature of yourbrowser or PDF reader. Then print out the lesson (or at least open it in your browser or PDF reader offline  − not on the Internet). Read the lesson and study in your Bible the passages indicated >>> Scripture <<<. Following each passage, study each question that has a number enclosed inasterisks (*1*, *2*, etc.), and write down your answers on paper  . Some questions include morethan one number because they have more than one blank to fill in. ( Think questions should becarefully considered for your own benefit, but your answers will not be submitted to us.) Please takeyour time, study each passage carefully, answer the questions honestly, and consider theapplications to your own life (John 12:48; 2 Tim. 2:15).When you have studied the whole lesson and written down answers to all the indicated questions,return to the menu for this course on our web site at www.BibleStudyLessons.com and click on thelink for the answer quiz  for this lesson (or simply click on the link at the end of this lesson). Followthe directions to submit your answers and receive your grade. You will then be given an opportunityto see the correct answers to the questions. Please save this lesson and the correct answers forfuture reference.Then move on to the next lesson or the next course in order. Please study all lessons in all courses in order as listed in the menus on our web site. Thank you for your interest, and God bless your study of His word. Authority of Jesus Lesson 1 Jesus lived almost 2000 years ago, but even today people all over the world serve Him. We know thisman primarily through four Bible books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. First−hand acquaintance withthese writings will help us understand Jesus and His message.This course surveys Mark's narrative of Jesus' life. As you study each lesson, please keep a Bible atyour side so that you can verify what you are learning by the Scriptures. You will notice that Mark isdivided into sixteen major sections (chapters), each of which contains small divisions (verses). Whena notation like 5:12 is used in these lessons, you should look at the fifth chapter of Mark and thetwelfth verse.A couple of items before we get started: to profit most from these lessons, you need an open heart toreceive what Jesus taught and did. Allow His words to direct you as you read. A prayer for God's 1  guidance at the beginning and end of each study is recommended. If you don't understand somethingmentioned in this course or in your reading of Mark, please feel free to write your question down andsend it to us along with your completed lesson. We'll be happy to answer it if we can. John Prepares the Way >>> Read Mark 1:1−8. <<< Please read Mark 1:1−8 in your Bible before continuing the lesson. In the very first verse, Markannounced that he would write about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is surprising, therefore, that hedid not start out by telling about Jesus Himself; instead, he described the work of John the Baptist.This was because John was to prepare the way for Jesus. John fulfilled this mission by preaching toget people ready for the coming of the Lord.John's message focused on two themes that will help us get ready to receive Christ. First, hepreached about repentance. To repent means to decide to change. John was telling his hearers thatthey had to reverse their life's direction to get ready for Christ; those unwilling to change could notcome to Him. Second, John declared the greatness of Jesus. He said Jesus was so great that hehimself was not even worthy to stoop down and untie His shoes. This was an amazing declarationbecause one does not have to have much worth to untie somebody's shoes. In fact, in John's day,untying shoes was considered to be a slave's lowest duty − John wasn't worthy to be Jesus' humblestslave! So, for us to be ready to receive Jesus, we must repent (change our lives) and recognize Hisawesome greatness.*1* John came to prepare the way for whom? (a) Moses, (b) Mohammed, (c) Jesus, (d) Peter.Answer: (put the letter of the correct answer in the blank) ______.*2* What word in our study means to decide to change ? Answer: The word is (put the correctword[s] in the blank) ______ .*3* John said he was unworthy to: a) untie Jesus' shoes; b) carry Jesus' bags; c) stand beside Jesus;d) talk to Jesus. Answer : ______. Early Events in Jesus' Career >>> Read Mark 1:9−15. <<< Just like thousands of others, Jesus came to John to be baptized. But as He emerged from the water,something startling occurred: The Holy Spirit came down upon Him in the form of a dove and a voicefrom heaven said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. God was showing Hisapproval of Jesus in a dramatic way.Then Jesus entered the wilderness where the devil tempted Him. While Matthew and Luke providemore specific information about the temptations (Matthew 4; Luke 4), Mark's brief account shows twothings. First, Jesus experienced temptation as all men do. Second, doing what pleases God, as Jesusdid when He was baptized, does not exempt one from temptation. Satan often intensifies his effortswhen a person begins to serve God.*4&5* What two amazing things happened when Jesus was baptized? Answer: The ______ came onHim in a form like a dove, and a voice spoke from ______ saying, This is my beloved Son. *6* Where was Jesus baptized (v9)? Answer: He was baptized in the ______ River. 2  *7* For how many days was Jesus tempted by Satan in the wilderness (v13; cf. Luke 4:1,2)? Answer:______ days (give a number).*8* What message did Jesus preach (v15)? Answer: He told people to repent and believe in the______. Jesus Calls Four Fishermen >>> Read Mark 1:16−20. <<< As Jesus walked along, He saw two of His friends, Peter and Andrew, who were professionalfishermen. He asked them to follow Him and become fishers of men. At once, they quit their jobs andbegan following Christ. He next found James and John, and requested that they do the same. Withno hesitation, they left not only their occupation but also their father, and began to accompany theLord. Clearly, these men recognized Jesus' greatness. He was the one whose shoes John wasunworthy to untie. God had specially acknowledged Him by His own voice from heaven. So whenJesus demanded radical action (to drop everything and follow Him), they responded immediately. Note −− Characteristics of followers of Jesus:  These fishermen demonstrated the meaning of discipleship. When Jesus called, they: 1) acted immediately, 2) left both job and family, and 3) started following Him.Christ calls today through His Word. When we perceive His greatness, we too will: 1) obey immediately all He says, 2) put Him ahead of everything, including our job and family, and 3) follow Him, allowing His example to direct every step.People who know that Jesus wants them to change, but put it off, are not like these four fishermen. *9* Which of these things did the disciples not  do when Jesus called them? a) decide immediately; b)leave family and job; c) follow Jesus; d) go to school for training. Answer: ______.*10* What did Jesus say He would make these men (v17)? Answer: He would make them fishers of______. Jesus Amazes the Crowds >>> Read Mark 1:21−28. <<<  Jesus' teaching astounded the multitude in the synagogue (a synagogue was like a church among theJews). He taught with authority. He issued His commands as if He had the right to tell others exactlywhat to do!Jesus' actions showed that He really had the authority that He claimed. In this paragraph, He cast outa demon. How? By His words! Nothing more. When Jesus merely said, Be quiet and come out ofhim, the demon left the man. His words had authority even over demons. The calmness with whichJesus expelled demons reflected His power: He never argued or struggled or created a scene. Hesimply ordered the demons to leave and they left. No wonder people were amazed. He haddemonstrated the credentials to prove His authority. Note −− Need for authority:  In every area, authority is essential. To determine distance, it is necessary to have a yardstick or standard of measure by which to calculate length. Thus, if someone wishes to know how long a room is, he measures it. There is no other way to know for sure. God has  3  provided a yardstick in religion: Jesus and His words. When we wish to know whether something is right or wrong, we should evaluate it by the standard of the Scriptures. This should be done with every teacher and teaching − even this correspondence course. Therefore, you need to have a Bible at your side while you are studying, and continually refer to it to be sure that what is taught in these lessons is true. The Bible is our yardstick. *11* What amazed the multitudes about Jesus? a) physical appearance; b) intelligence; c) wealth; d)authority in teaching. Answer: ______.*12* How did Jesus expel the demon? a) by conducting a seance; b) by a magical formula; c) by asimple command (rebuke); d) by taking up a collection. Answer: ______.*13* What purpose did Jesus' miracles serve? a) they made Him rich, b) they demonstrated Hisauthority and proved He was from God, c) they proved people today can do miracles, d) they servedno purpose whatever. Answer: ______. Jesus Heals Many >>> Read Mark 1:29−34. <<< Jesus came into Simon Peter's house and found his mother−in−law sick in bed with a high fever (seeLuke 4:38). He spoke to her, raised her up, and the fever left her. She then began waiting on Jesusand the disciples. He also healed many others who were brought to Him.Several features of Jesus' healings are noteworthy:* He healed immediately, with no delay.* He healed everyone who came to Him regardless of their disease. (Compare Matt. 8:16,17; Luke4:40,41.)* He healed so completely that Simon's mother−in−law was able to get up and start waiting on them.After a fever breaks, it normally takes a few days for a person to recover his strength. Jesus' healingsput people back as if they had never had their maladies in the first place!* Jesus sought to avoid publicity. He ordered the demons not to announce who He was.*14* Whom did Jesus heal in this story? Answer: He healed Simon Peter's ______.(Thought question: If Peter had a mother−in−law, what does this tell you about Peter? Note that Simon is just another name for Peter −− Matt. 4:18; 8:14,15.)*15* Which is not  characteristic of Jesus' healings? a) He healed many (i.e., all of the many whocame); b) He healed completely; c) He healed immediately; d) He healed so He could become richand popular. Answer: ______. Jesus Continues His Journeys >>> Read Mark 1:35−39. <<< Jesus frequently sought solitude for prayer. Prayer during the daytime was nearly impossible sincethe crowds continually pressed on Him, so He skipped sleep to be able to talk with His Father that He 4
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