Mark 2: "Thy Sins Are Forgiven Thee"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 40–41


As mentioned in Mark 1:38, Jesus came to preach the gospel more than He came to perform miracles. His miracles were outward physical symbols of what He could do for us spiritually. In Mark 2 we read of a time when Jesus taught this principle.
Christ healing a man

Understanding the Scriptures

Mark 2

It was noised (v. 1)The word spread 
Palsy (vv. 3–5, 9–10)Physically disabled 
Nigh unto him for the press (v. 4)Near him because of the crowd 
Reasoning; reasoned; reason (vv. 6, 8)Pondering 
Blasphemies (v. 7)Mockery of sacred things or false claims to divine power 
On this fashion (v. 12)Like this 
Resorted (v. 13)Went 
Publicans (vv. 15–16)Tax collectors 
Whole (v. 17)Healthy 
Rent (v. 21)Tear 
Marred (v. 22)Destroyed 

Mark 2:23–28—Rules for the Sabbath

See the introduction for Matthew 12 in this manual (p. 20).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Mark 2.

Activity A iconGetting the Real Message

As you study Mark 2:1–12, answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Why might what Jesus first said to the man with the palsy seem odd?

  2. 2.

    How would you answer Jesus’ question recorded in Mark 2:9? What do you think He meant when He asked the question? (see v. 10).

  3. 3.

    Sin does not cause all disease, but it is more destructive. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to see sin and forgiveness than it is to see the effects and symptoms of physical disease. What lesson do you think Jesus tried to teach those who watched by both forgiving the man of his sins and also healing him of his palsy?