Bible Study – Mark 2:15-17

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Mark 2:15-28 : 

Mark 2:15-28 Continuing with the Meal at Levi’s house. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

2:15-17 Not the Righteous but Sinners : 

2:15-17 Not the Righteous but Sinners Levi responded as Jesus would want all his followers to do. Without question, without complaint, without a thought to the lucrative profession he was leaving behind, Levi aka Matthew followed the Lord immediately. Levi left behind a material fortune in order to gain a spiritual fortune. Levi was proud of his association with Jesus and wanted to share Jesus with all the people he knew. Then he held a dinner for Jesus. He loved Jesus, just like we should.

Slide 3: 

17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus took the opportunity to explain His mission. He had come into the world to save sinners. The Pharisaic measure of a man’s religion and social status was the, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are, philosophy. They were judging Jesus as a sinner because he associated with sinners. Yet, Jesus was teaching a crowd that would not be found in the synagogues.

Slide 4: 

You will recall the word Pharisee means “separated ones,” The Pharisees viewed themselves as righteous and wanted to be separated not only from the Romans but especially from sinners and thus remain pure. Clearly, if He were a sinner they wanted nothing to do with Him. Levi had surrendered completely to Jesus’ will and was willing to lay down his life for Him as an expression of total faith and love, otherwise he would have ignored Jesus’ call to service.

Jesus had Great compassion, you can also.No Greater Love : 

Jesus had Great compassion, you can also.No Greater Love Adapted from: Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul Col. John W. Mansur Copyrighted material that appears in this article is included under the provisions of the Fair Use Clause of the National Copyright Act, which allows limited reproduction of copyrighted materials for educational and religious use when no financial charge is made for viewing.

Mortars : 

Mortars Mortar rounds landed on an orphanage run by a missionary group in a small Vietnamese village. The missionaries and one or two children were killed and several more children were wounded, including one young girl about eight years old. An American navy doctor and nurse arrived by jeep with only their medical kits.

A Volunteer : 

A Volunteer The eight year old girl was most critically injured. Without quick action she would die of shock and loss of blood. A transfusion was the only thing that would save her. Neither American was the right type but several of the uninjured orphans did match. The doctor tried to explain the need for a transfusion in pidgin Vietnamese, and the nurse also tried in what she could remember from her high school French class. Their request for a transfusion was met with wide-eyed silence. After several long moments the hand of volunteer, a small hand, was slowly raised, then dropped down and then raised again.

Thank You : 

Thank You “Oh, thank you,” the nurse said in French. “What is your name?” “Hang,” came the reply. Hang was quickly laid on a pallet, his arm swabbed with alcohol, and a needle inserted in his vein. Through this ordeal Hang lay still and silent. After a moment, he let out a shuddering sob, and quickly cover his face with his free hand.

Pain? : 

Pain? “Is it hurting, Hang?” the doctor asked. Hang shook his head, but after a few moments another sob escaped, and once more he tried to cover up his crying. Again the doctor asked him if the needle hurt, and again Hang shook his head. Then Hang gave way to steady, silent crying, his eyes were tightly shut, his fist in his mouth to stifle his sobs. Something was obviously very wrong.

Vietnamese Nurse. : 

Vietnamese Nurse. A Vietnamese nurse arrived. She spoke to the Hang in Vietnamese, listened to his reply and answered him in a soothing voice. Hang stopped crying. When she nodded, a look of great relief spread over his face. The Vietnamese nurse told the Americans, “He thought he was dying. He misunderstood you. He thought you had asked him to give all his blood so the little girl would live. “But why would he to do that?” Asked the navy nurse. The Vietnamese nurse repeated the question to the little boy, who answered simply, “She’s my friend.” Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did for you?”

John 15:13-14 : 

John 15:13-14 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

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