Living By the Book: June 4-8

This week we will review some skills you’ve already learned (or are learning) and introduce reading with imagination. I love the stories of how God’s Word is coming alive!

Monday, June 4


Scripture: Mark 1:40-45

Scripture Reading Skill: Read imaginatively. When you’re reading a story (especially the Gospels) all the details are not always included. For those who have traveled to Israel, this is easier–you can imagine the setting. For others, it’s harder. So think desert. Think hot in the day, cold at night. Think poor people. And think Amha-Aretz—people of the land–a large group who weren’t religious enough for the Pharisees. Jesus reached out to them. They were poor day laborers. They were most often Jesus’ primary audience and those who most often came to him for healing.

Questions to answer:

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. Where are they?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. When did it happen?

Three tips for reading imaginatively: (1) retell it in your own words; (2) read it in another translation and (3) have someone read it out loud (or do it yourself)

Tuesday, June 5


Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

Scripture Reading Skill: Observation (we have to get this one down…repeat, repeat, repeat!)

Questions to answer:

  1. Who are the people involved?
  2. Where are they?
  3. What are they doing?
  4. When did it happen?

Wednesday, June 6


Scripture: Mark 2:13-17

Scripture Reading Skill: Interpretation

  1. Who were tax collectors and sinners?
  2. What is the significance that they were “reclining” with Jesus at table?
  3. What did Jesus’ statement, “those who are well have no need of a physician…” mean?

Thursday, June 7


Scripture: Mark 2:18-22

Scripture Reading Skill: Application

  1. What is fasting?
  2. Have you ever fasted? Why?
  3. What 3 examples did Jesus give to make his point?
  4. How can you, in light of those 3 examples, live for Jesus today? Tomorrow?

 

Friday, June 8


Scripture: Mark 2:23-28

Scripture Reading Skill: Review the skills you’ve learned so far

  1. What is the Sabbath?
  2. Why shouldn’t they pick grain on the Sabbath?
  3. How did Jesus change their perspective of the Sabbath?
  4. What can you do to experience the Sabbath in your own life?