Mark 2



Mark 2 showcases Jesus' authority over sin, his call to repentance, and his challenge to traditional religious practices. It sets the stage for ongoing conflicts between Jesus and religious leaders, emphasizing the radical nature of Jesus' ministry and his teachings.


  1. Healing a Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12): Jesus returns to Capernaum, and a crowd gathers to hear him teach. Some men bring a paralyzed man, and, unable to reach Jesus due to the crowd, they lower the man through the roof. Jesus forgives the man's sins, leading the religious leaders to question his authority. Jesus then heals the paralytic, demonstrating his power to forgive sins.
  2. Calling of Levi (Mark 2:13-17): Jesus calls Levi (also known as Matthew), a tax collector, to follow him. They share a meal with other tax collectors and sinners, leading the Pharisees to criticize Jesus for associating with such individuals. Jesus responds that he came to call sinners to repentance.
  3. Question about Fasting (Mark 2:18-22): The disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees question Jesus about fasting, wondering why his disciples do not fast like theirs. Jesus explains that the time for fasting will come but emphasizes the need for a new understanding, using the analogies of new wine and old wineskins.
  4. Plucking Grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28): Jesus and his disciples walk through grainfields on the Sabbath, and the disciples pluck heads of grain to eat. The Pharisees accuse them of violating the Sabbath. Jesus responds by referencing the example of David and how the Sabbath was made for man.