Mark 2

For the text of Mark 2, click here.

The chapter begins with roughly the same story of healing the paralytic that we saw in Matthew 9. Much of the terminology and dialogue matches exactly. The only difference is that this account details the way that the paralytic was brought to Jesus, giving the desperation of those who were trying to get him healed a little more depth. They tore out a piece of the roof where Jesus was preaching in order to get the paralytic to Him. That’s pretty crazy. As in the Matthew account, Jesus first forgives his sins and has a confrontation with the scribes before healing his physical ailment. As mentioned before, people were just beginning to learn the full measure of Jesus’s authority and ability.

From here Jesus calls Levi. Here he’s Levi, in Matthew he’s Matthew. We’ll see if he gets renamed later or something. Either way, this is followed by Jesus and the disciples having dinner with the other tax collectors. When He’s called out on it by the scribes, His response, the same as in Matthew, is great:

17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:17, ESV

The same question and answer about fasting and old cloth and wineskins follows the dinner but this is where the two books diverge again. Mark goes to the story of Jesus chastizing the Pharisees who are trying to call out Him and the disciples for working on the Sabbath day. The account is identical to Matthew in my translation, however, the Matthew account is three chapters later after some more healings, a teaching of the twelve disciples where they become apostles, and a teaching about John the Baptist being the messenger from Isaiah.

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Chapter links go to the ESV translations at but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

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