Mark 10: 1-9
Questions for Discussion
- How do you receive Jesus’ sayings on divorce? What bothers you? What comforts you? What is the particular message you take from it?
- How are we hard-hearted? What keeps us from the purpose, will and creative love of God?
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
- When else have the disciples been afraid? How are misunderstanding and fear related?
- Questions for Discussion
- If someone were to ask you, “who do you say Jesus is,” how would you answer?
- How do we choose to take up our cross? How do we determine what is our cross to bear?
- What is the importance is not using this phrase to glorify suffering or to view it passively?
- What kinds of pressures do you experience to deny Christ? Not just in words, but in actions?
- Another way to read verse 35: “For those who want to secure their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”
- How do we try to secure our life? What does it mean to lose our life for Christ? What does that look like in your life?
Feeding the 5000
- Opening Prayer
- Reading Scripture
- Context-King Herod’s Kingdom of Man Banquet, Mark 6:14-29
- Story comes after disciples sent out to “be Jesus”, preaching the Kingdom of God has drawn near and healing. They return and need dessert Sabbath, just like Jesus after his first leg of ministry in Mark 1:35, but the crowds still clamor.
- Questions for meaning
- Different kind of banquets. In what ways does Jesus’ Messianic banquet look different than Herod’s Kingdom of Man banquet? In what ways do our Church dinners look different than White House big dinners? In what ways are the same?
- Conflicting message. Jesus seems to both desire Sabbath but still keep working and want the disciples to have Sabbath then tells them to keep on working. What do you think?
- Jesus takes, blesses and breaks the bread. In the same way, the disciples are taken, blesses then they are broken for the world. What do you think about this image?
- What do you think it means the disciples they didn’t understand about the bread because their hearts are hardened?
- Closing Prayer
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ 37But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ 38And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.47 When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
We were honored to have Bhuwan Pyakurel join us for “Messiah Night” to talk to us about the history and experiences of Bhutanese refugees in our community.