Encountering Jesus: A Paralyzed Man
Mark 2:1-17 (NIV)
- Paralyzed – not able to move part or all of the body
- Tile – piece of clay or stone used to cover roofs, walls, and floors
- To dare – to have enough courage or bravery to do something scary or difficult
- To insult – to hurt others by treating them as not as good as you
- Amazed – surprised, filled with wonder
- Marvelous – great, wonderful, fantastic
- Shore – land around a lake, sea, or ocean
- Lake Galilee – very large and important lake in Israel
- Outcast – one not accepted by society or allowed to be a member
- Respectable – worthy of respect; correct in character or behavior
- To repent – to recognize you are not a good person, ask for God’s forgiveness, and begin to change your life
- What town was Jesus teaching in?
- Who did the four men bring to Jesus?
- How did they get their friend in to Jesus?
- What did Jesus say when he saw the man?
- What did the religious leaders think when they heard Jesus say this?
- What was the second thing Jesus said to the paralyzed man?
- Why did Jesus say this?
- What did the man do after Jesus spoke to him?
- How did the people feel when they saw this happen?
- Where did Jesus go after this?
- Who did he see as he walked along?
- What did Jesus say to him? What did the man do?
- Who did Jesus then have a meal with? Who was with him?
- What did the religious leaders say about this?
- Who did Jesus say that he came to call? Who needs a doctor?
- What kind of friends were the men who carried the paralyzed man to Jesus? Describe them.
- What do you think the people in the house thought when they heard this noise coming from the roof? How do you think the owner of the house felt?
- Who had faith that Jesus could help?
- What was the first thing Jesus said to the man? Why do you think Jesus said this? What did this have to do with the man’s physical condition?
- Why were the religious leaders upset? What was Jesus saying about himself by speaking to the man this way?
- Why did Jesus then heal the paralyzed man?
- Which of the two things that Jesus said to the man was easier?
- What kind of man was Levi? Was he a respectable man?
- Why do you think Jesus told Levi to follow him?
- What did the religious leaders think about Jesus when they saw who he ate with?
- What was the meaning of Jesus’ answer? Didn’t Jesus care about respectable people?
Thoughts for Later
- What kind of friend are we? Do we have a friend who really needs our help like the paralyzed man?
- How are we like the paralyzed man? Is there anything in our lives that is paralyzing us and destroying our lives? Fear? Worry? Anger? Unforgiveness? Self-pity? Hating others? Hating ourselves? Pride?
- Can Jesus help us with these things so that we can be whole? What would he say to us?
- If we were living in Israel at the time of this story, would we be eating with Jesus in Levi’s home or standing outside with the religious leaders?