Mark 2:18–3:6 Discussion Guide

  • Main Point of the Passage: Jesus showed that his coming took precedent over the Old Testament Law.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will identify ways they allow legalism to control their lives.
  • Key Verse: “Then he told them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. 28 So then, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath’” (Mark 2:27, CSB)

Discussion Questions

Smile Question: Tell about a good prank you’ve witnessed.

Share Question: What is something that confuses you about the Old Testament Law?

Introduce the Passage: Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law. In Mark 2:18–3:6, Jesus showed that his coming took precedent over the Old Testament Law. Jesus did nothing to break the Law in this passage (although it’s possible that his disciples broke the law by picking grain on the Sabbath). Jesus did, however, break the rules of the Pharisees. Rather than explain why he wasn’t technically breaking the Law, Jesus chose to assert his authority over the Law. As you could guess, this didn’t make the Pharisees happy.

Study Question: As we read these three incidents, let’s answer this question: In what way did Jesus or his disciples appear to break the law?

Possible answers include:

  • Mark 2:18–22
  • Mark 2:23-28
  • Mark 3:1-6

Connect-the-Dots Question: How do you think the Pharisees would have interpreted (or misinterpreted) Jesus’ response to each of these situations?

Possible answers include:

  • Mark 2:18–22
  • Mark 2:23-28
  • Mark 3:1-6

Count-the-Cost Question: What value does the Old Testament Law have for Christians?

Let’s-Do-It Question: How could a Christian today slip into a mindset similar to the Pharisees in this passage?

Prayer: Father, thank you for fulfilling the Law and freeing us to serve in the new way of the Spirit. Give us discernment and grace to understand and apply your law in light of Jesus’ coming. Amen.

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