Mark 2

The Paralytic Healed

1 When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home.
2 And 1many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them.
3 2And they came, bringing to Him a 3paralytic, carried by four men.
4 Being unable * to get to Him because of the crowd, they 4removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the 5paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, 6your sins are forgiven."
6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
7 "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; 7who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, "Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?
9 "Which is easier, to say to the 8paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven '; or to say, 'Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk '?
10 "But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins "-He said to the paralytic,
11 "I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home."
12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and 9were glorifying God, saying, "10We have never seen anything like this."
13 And He went out again by the seashore; and 11all the people were coming to Him, and He was teaching them.

Levi (Matthew) Called

14 12As He passed by, He saw 13Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "14Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him.
15 And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him.
16 When 15the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, "16Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?"
17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "17It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
18 18John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, "Why * do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"
19 And Jesus said to them, "While * the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot * fast.
20 "But the 19days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear results.
22 "No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."

Question of the Sabbath

23 20And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while 21picking the heads of grain.
24 The Pharisees were saying to Him, "Look, 22why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?"
25 And He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions * became hungry;
26 how he entered the house of God in the time of 23Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which 24is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?"
27 Jesus said to them, "25The Sabbath was made for man, and 26not man for the Sabbath.
28 "So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

Mark 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

Christ heals one sick of the palsy. (1-12) Levi's call, and the entertainment given to Jesus. (13-17) Why Christ's disciples did not fast. (18-22) He justifies his disciples for plucking corn on the sabbath. (23-28)

Verses 1-12 It was this man's misery that he needed to be so carried, and shows the suffering state of human life; it was kind of those who so carried him, and teaches the compassion that should be in men, toward their fellow-creatures in distress. True faith and strong faith may work in various ways; but it shall be accepted and approved by Jesus Christ. Sin is the cause of all our pains and sicknesses. The way to remove the effect, is to take away the cause. Pardon of sin strikes at the root of all diseases. Christ proved his power to forgive sin, by showing his power to cure the man sick of the palsy. And his curing diseases was a figure of his pardoning sin, for sin is the disease of the soul; when it is pardoned, it is healed. When we see what Christ does in healing souls, we must own that we never saw the like. Most men think themselves whole; they feel no need of a physician, therefore despise or neglect Christ and his gospel. But the convinced, humbled sinner, who despairs of all help, excepting from the Saviour, will show his faith by applying to him without delay.

Verses 13-17 Matthew was not a good character, or else, being a Jew, he would never have been a publican, that is, a tax-gatherer for the Romans. However, Christ called this publican to follow him. With God, through Christ, there is mercy to pardon the greatest sins, and grace to change the greatest sinners, and make them holy. A faithful, fair-dealing publican was rare. And because the Jews had a particular hatred to an office which proved that they were subject to the Romans, they gave these tax-gatherers an ill name. But such as these our blessed Lord did not hesitate to converse with, when he appeared in the likeness of sinful flesh. And it is no new thing for that which is both well done and well designed, to be slandered, and turned to the reproach of the wisest and best of men. Christ would not withdraw, though the Pharisees were offended. If the world had been righteous, there had been no occasion for his coming, either to preach repentance, or to purchase forgiveness. We must not keep company with ungodly men out of love to their vain conversation; but we are to show love to their souls, remembering that our good Physician had the power of healing in himself, and was in no danger of taking the disease; but it is not so with us. In trying to do good to others, let us be careful we do not get harm to ourselves.

Verses 18-22 Strict professors are apt to blame all that do not fully come up to their own views. Christ did not escape slanders; we should be willing to bear them, as well as careful not to deserve them; but should attend to every part of our duty in its proper order and season.

Verses 23-28 The sabbath is a sacred and Divine institution; a privilege and benefit, not a task and drudgery. God never designed it to be a burden to us, therefore we must not make it so to ourselves. The sabbath was instituted for the good of mankind, as living in society, having many wants and troubles, preparing for a state of happiness or misery. Man was not made for the sabbath, as if his keeping it could be of service to God, nor was he commanded to keep it outward observances to his real hurt. Every observance respecting it, is to be interpreted by the rule of mercy.

Cross References 26

  • 1. Mark 1:45; Mark 2:13
  • 2. Mark 2:3-12: {Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:18-26}
  • 3. Matthew 4:24
  • 4. Luke 5:19
  • 5. Matthew 4:24
  • 6. Matthew 9:2
  • 7. Isaiah 43:25
  • 8. Matthew 4:24
  • 9. Matthew 9:8
  • 10. Matthew 9:33
  • 11. Mark 1:45
  • 12. Mark 2:14-17: {Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 5:27-32}
  • 13. Matthew 9:9
  • 14. Matthew 8:22
  • 15. Luke 5:30; Acts 23:9
  • 16. Matthew 9:11
  • 17. Matthew 9:12, 13; Luke 5:31, 32
  • 18. Mark 2:18-22: {Matthew 9:14-17; Luke 5:33-38}
  • 19. Matthew 9:15; Luke 17:22
  • 20. Mark 2:23-28: {Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 6:1-5}
  • 21. Deuteronomy 23:25
  • 22. Matthew 12:2
  • 23. 1 Samuel 21:1; 2 Samuel 8:17; 1 Chronicles 24:6
  • 24. Leviticus 24:9
  • 25. Exodus 23:12; Deuteronomy 5:14
  • 26. Colossians 2:16

Footnotes 18

Mark 2 Commentaries

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