Gospel of Mark Reading Plan
Day 2 Reading: Mark 2
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.
– Mark 2:22 (NRSV)
In chapter 2, Jesus begins to clash with the established religious leaders.
- They accuse Jesus of blasphemy when he forgives and then heals a paralyzed man
- They accuse him of eating with sinners when he calls Levi to be a disciple and accepts his invitation to dinner.
- They question why Jesus and his disciples do not fast when they do.
- They accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath law of no working when they are simply eating.
Jesus’ motivation, authority, teaching, way of living the faith, and choice of companions rub the religious leaders the wrong way. They have built up a stack of rules for faithful living. Instead of enlivening the faith, the rules have strangled it. Jesus’ ways seem too free, too new, too radical when in reality they are what God intended all along.
God of Life, Creator of Heaven and Earth, you make all things new. Make me new. I’ve been walking with you for some time now and recognize the Pharisee in me. Save me! Save me from frivolous traditions, archaic prejudices and crusty legalism. Keep me fresh. Soft in your hands. Open to your bidding. Ready to receive the new wine of your Word. Glad to be filled again with your Spirit. Joyous at the tearing down of dividing walls. Ever eager for the expansion of your Kingdom through Jesus Christ, your blessed Son and Savior. Amen.
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