Daily Bible Reading (Friday, February 9th)


Mark 2 (ESV)


Jesus Heals a Paralytic

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But 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, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12 And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.16 And the scribes of[a] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[b] with tax collectors and sinners?” 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.”

A Question About Fasting

18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people 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, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”[c]

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why 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 was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of[d] Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”


  1. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts and
  2. Mark 2:16 Some manuscripts add and drink
  3. Mark 2:22 Some manuscripts omit But new wine is for fresh wineskins
  4. Mark 2:26 Or in the passage about


Theme summary: At the good news of the gospel, many come to Jesus in faith and press into the kingdom, yet some questioned in their hearts. Jesus proves his power to forgive sins by performing a miracle of immediate healing. Jesus came to call sinners to forgiveness, not the righteous. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.

Jesus represents himself as being God through everything he did from teaching scripture through healing in the sabbath, challenging the religious leaders of the day. The pride of religious men couldn't stand the truths that Jesus was preaching and doing uncovering their true identity of sin in their lives. They were uncovered by Jesus preaching and they couldn't get around it.

I’m thankful that as we move through the gospels and see Christ’s perfections and our own sinful condition is exposed, that we see He came precisely for we who are sick and not those who believe themselves to be well!

I always like the irony of Jesus' statement that he came to call those who were sick. The spiritual pride of the religious leaders caused them to believe that they did need to be saved from their sins. This in turn makes them unfit for the kingdom. Romans 9: 31-33

Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But 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, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.”

Jesus has all authority. His miraculous healing proved it. Thankful for a Savior having authority over sin, to forgive and cast out remaining unrighteousness.

I’m captivated by three things this morning: 1) v2 “He was speaking the word to them.” Can you imagine sitting at the feet of Christ, spellbound by His truth custom-fit for your ears? 2) v5 “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Can you imagine how comical it would be for someone to claim this power today? Can you imagine hearing God in the flesh saying this to you? 3) v25 “Have you never read what David did...” The sad irony here is that the Pharisees has read it, but didn’t understand it. Father, open our ears to understand what we read in your Word.

Lord I am sick! Forgive me of my sins and heal me. Thank you for coming to earth to free me from the filth in my life. You are a good and almighty God.

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