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Bible Commentaries

Gann's Commentary on the Bible

Mark 2

Verse 1

Mark 2:1

This event follows a successful preaching tour in the synagogues of Galilee Mark 1:38-39

Capernaum ... Matthew calls Capernaum "his own city".

Noised ... that Jesus was in the house, Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10:25; Luke 5:17

Some had come a distance; they especially crowed around the doors.

Verse 2

Mark 2:2

preached the word -- Mark 1:22; John 7:46 "Never man spak like ..." 2 Timothy 4:2

Preachers today should pledge to "preach the Word."

There’s a time for preaching and a time for action.

Verse 3

Mark 2:3

borne of four ... When there is a problem, come to Jesus!

1) A picture of Christians bring sin-sick to Jesus Luke 19:10;

2) This suggests cooperation is often needed; the links in the chain - individual-home-church;

3) Each one has a corner to carry.

borne by four ... How to carry your corner - -

1. Cheerfully

2. Bravely

3. Steadily

4. Prayerfully Ephesians 6:18-19

Verse 4

Mark 2:4

See sermon "Carry Your Part of the Load" mark 2:1-12

uncovered the roof ... We see a faith that laughed at barriers.

A barrier at the door -- crowded, no parking?!

Barrier of the roof is conquered!

Does your faith surrender, or courageously deals with barriers?

Verse 5

Mark 2:5

sins be forgiven ... Blessings of Forgiveness

1.Jesus’ words were a scandal among the scribes.

2.God granted the man more than was expected.

3.Implies Jesus understood his heart and penitence - John 2:25

4.Forgiveness is a divine prerogative - Mark 2:7

5.Jesus did not fear controversy

Verse 9

Mark 2:9

take up your bed ...

1. Nothing was left undone

2. It will be obedient people in heaven - Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:9

Verse 10

the Son of man -- The first occurrance of this disnigation on the book of Mark. See notes at Matthew 8:20 and Luke 5:24.

Verse 12

Mark 2:12

took up his bed ... Nothing left undonw. It is obedience people that will be found in heaven, Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:9

went before them ... became an example of forgiveness before others - 1 4:12; Matthew 5:16

all amazed ... 1) we are surprised by some who will come to Christ. 2) we are amazed what the power of God can do - the transformation; (surprised to see Saul preaching Jesus - Acts 9:20-21; 3) Will people be surprised to see "you" in heaven?

glorified God -- The changed life brought glory to God’s name. Is your life glorifing God?

Verse 23

Mark 2:23

cf. Deuteronomy 23:25

Verse 28

Mark 2:28

Lord also of the Sabbath ... The Sabbath is the Lord’s day, even as all othr days of the week! He is Lord of them all!

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Gann, Windell. "Commentary on Mark 2". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. 2021.