Living By the Book: May 21-25

This week we’re going to focus generally on observation, interpretation and application. In short, observation answers the question: what do I see? Interpretation answers the question: what does it mean? Application answers the question: what does it mean for me? (not to me)

Also, I have another post with Helps, in case you get stuck. Here’s the link: Helps

Monday, May 21


Scripture: Mark 1:1-8

Scripture Reading Skill: Observation

Questions to answer:

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. Where are they?
  3. What are they doing?

Tuesday, May 22


Scripture: Mark 1:9-11

Scripture Reading Skill: Observation and Interpretation

Questions to answer:

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. Where are they?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. What is the significance of the Jesus being baptized, the Spirit descending and the Father speaking?

Wednesday, May 23


Scripture: Mark 1:9-11

Scripture Reading Skill: Application

Questions to answer. Try to figure these out before looking at answers I have provided. Pray and ask God to give you discernment.

  1. Why are people baptized?
  2. Why was Jesus baptized?
  3. What does it mean for me that Jesus was baptized?
  4. Why was God the Father so pleased with Jesus for being baptized?
  5. How does this change how you think about your own baptism?

Thursday, May 24


Scripture: Mark 1:12-13

Scripture Reading Skill: Observation and Interpretation

Questions to answer.

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. Where are they?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. What word(s) stand out to you?

Friday, May 25


Scripture: Mark 1:12-13

Scripture Reading Skill: Application

Questions to answer.

  1. How does the fact that Jesus was tempted impact your thinking about your own temptations?
  2. What do you make of the Spirit driving Jesus into the wilderness?
  3. Why do you think Mark (and the other Gospels) include this event in Jesus’ life.
  4. What temptations do you need to give to God today?
  5. How does God minister to you in your temptations?