• The Faith of the Friends

    Mark 2:1-5

    John Calvin comments that the paralytic’s friends “would never have submitted to so much trouble, nor contended with such formidable hindrances, if they had not derived courage from entire confidence of success. The fruit of their faith appeared in their ...Read More

  • Forgiveness and Healing

    Mark 2:6-12

    Forgiveness is our greatest need. Disease, depression, sorrow, poverty, injustice, and all other ills are true needs; ultimately, however, all these ills exist because sin has corrupted creation. Not all of our problems are caused by our specific sins, but ...Read More

  • Jesus Calls Levi

    Mark 2:13-14

    One of the themes of Jesus’ ministry is that He is not bound to choose the most obvious candidates for ministry according to social convention. He may call people for service from what may be considered the most disgraceful backgrounds ...Read More

  • Jesus, the Great Physician

    Mark 2:15-17

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul comments on the irony of today’s passage: the scribes “were the sickest of the sick, all the while thinking they had no need of a physician.” Spiritual blindness to our own ...Read More

  • The Proper Day for Fasting

    Mark 2:18-20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “fasting and prayers are adapted to sorrow and adversity.” When the bridegroom was present, it was time to celebrate, and we will celebrate at the marriage supper of the Lamb when we ...Read More

  • New Wine for New Wineskins

    Mark 2:21-22

    Dr. R.C. Sproul mentions in his commentary Mark that Jesus “was warning them that their King had come, and they would not be able to deal with this King unless they got rid of the structures that made it ...Read More

  • Picking Grain on the Sabbath

    Mark 2:23-26

    One fundamental error that most cults make is to take one passage of Scripture in isolation and exalt it over all others and at the expense of the meaning of other passages. But God has not given us only one ...Read More

  • The Purpose of the Sabbath

    Mark 2:27

    We should look at the law and realize we cannot obey it perfectly for our justification. But the reason for our failure is not the impossibility of knowing the law itself but rather the presence of sin. Regenerate people are ...Read More

  • Lord of the Sabbath

    Mark 2:28

    Among the other things we learn from today’s passage is that the proper interpretation of the Old Testament belongs to Jesus Himself. If He is the Son of God and incarnate second person of the Trinity, He is the author ...Read More