Bible Study week 2 notes

Session 2 – Thursday 13th November

Section 2 – Drawing and Dividing – Chapter 3:7 – 6:6

 

  1. Have you got any comments or questions arising out of Session 1? Did you learn anything new? Have you any insights to share (and can we put them on the website?)
  2. Did you manage to read the section? Did it raise any questions or puzzles for you? Did you see anything that you hadn’t seen or thought of before? Any other comments?
  3. In this section there is:
    1. a parable (the sower and the seed – 4:1-9) that is about division – who responds and bears fruit and who doesn’t;
    2. a healing story that is about dividing (the man called ‘Mob’ who has many demons – 5:1-20) – one man is healed and tells the good news, but others beg Jesus to leave them alone;

What do these two stories suggest about the effect of Jesus and his message?

  1. The ‘sandwich’ story is about division too – look at 3:20-35.
    1. First there is the division in the family – the ‘bread’ of the ‘sandwich’ – verses 20-21 and 31-35 – have you known people who are an embarrassment to their families?
    2. Look at Jesus’s reaction – he changes what ‘family’ means – the people who understand his mission (both present and future) – how might that have made his relations feel?
    3. Then there is the argument about demons – Jesus shows it’s illogical – how could he cast demons out by the power of demons? But then he turns the argument back on the religious leaders. Scholars have argued about what Jesus means by ‘the sin that can’t be forgiven’ (3:28). Here’s one explanation: if you believe that Jesus is powered by demons, then you are so confused about good and evil, about the work of God and the work of the devil, that there is no hope for you. How does that idea grab you?
  2. Next time . . . . . we look at Jesus sending out his disciples on a mission, and about how that brought more conflict. The ‘sandwich’ story tells of John the Baptist’s execution, which has menacing overtones of the consequences of Jesus’s own work. In preparation, please read chapter 6:6 – 8:26, with a focus on 6:7-30.


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