Good morning everyone.
Today we will begin with chapter two from the Book of Mark.
The Book of Mark represents the Lord Jesus Christ as a humble servant.
It is this character that we are to develop in our life as a Christian.
The Lord not only teaches us, but He shows us by His example.
If we are to summarize the Book of Mark with one verse, we can go to [Mark 10:45].
Let us remember this verse.
I will read it aloud for you this morning.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
We will start with verse 1.
Mark 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
The Lord Jesus Christ was in the house at Capernaum.
People also heard that He was in town.
Mark 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
The Bible tells us that there were many people gathered in that house.
The house was so jam-packed with people.
People were pushed closer together.
Now please pay attention to the end of this verse.
We can see that the Lord Jesus Christ
… preached the word unto them.
This is a simple lesson for all of us.
The Lord Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh.
He also preached the word.
Those who stand behind the pulpit need to preach the word of God.
We do not preach an idea, opinion, or preference.
We preach and teach the word of God.
Next, let us move to verse 3.
Mark 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
The Bible tells us there was a man who was sick because of the palsy.
Palsy refers to a loss of control or feeling in part or most of the body.
That man could not walk because of the palsy.
If you have carefully read your Bible, especially in the Old Testament, you will see that God has made a specific promise exclusively to the nation of Israel.
Let us read [Exodus 23:23-25].
Exodus 23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
Exodus 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
Who was talking?
It was God.
To whom God was talking?
The nation of Israel.
What did God say?
God told the nation of Israel to obey Him.
If they obeyed the Lord, He would help smite those Gentile nations.
God also told the nation of Israel not to bow down and worship the gods of those nations.
God commanded the nation of Israel to go break and destroy those idols and images.
Now pay attention to [Exodus 23:25].
What would God do to the nation of Israel if they obeyed Him?
… he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
If the nation of Israel served no other gods and was obedient to the Lord, He would bless them, and no sickness would touch them.
What would be the consequence to the nation of Israel if they disobeyed and sinned against the Lord?
Let us go to [Deuteronomy 28:15, 21-22].
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deuteronomy 28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
God will send a pestilence, sickness, and enemy to them.
We can see that iniquities bring about diseases to the nation of Israel.
The blind, dumb, and palsy is a direct testimony that the nation of Israel disobeyed God.
Also, let us also go to [Isaiah 35:4-6].
Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
What do we see from these passages?
The Bible tells us that God will come and save.
When He comes, the blind will receive their sight.
When He comes, the deaf will recover their hearing.
When He comes, the lame will walk, and the dumb will sing.
I would like you to remember these verses because they will help you to understand the Book of Mark and its second chapter better.
Let us go back to [Mark 2:4-5].
Mark 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
The house was jam-packed, and those men tried their best to bring the palsy to Jesus.
The Bible tells us that they smashed the roof of the house just to let down the bed of the palsy to Jesus.
We can also see a spiritual application here.
How hard are you trying to bring your beloved friends to Jesus?
We cannot save anyone.
However, we can take the one we love closer enough to Jesus so that He can save them.
What did Jesus say in verse 5?
…Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Those sick people during the time of Jesus were the confirmation to the scriptures we just read that the nation of Israel has disobeyed their God.
Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
The scribes played an essential part in preserving the Old Testament portion of our Bible today.
Their job was to copy and recopy the scriptures carefully. They even counted letters and spaces to ensure each copy was correct.
Do you remember what we just read in [Isaiah 35:4-6]?
Those scribes knew the scriptures because of their jobs.
However, they did not recognize that Jesus indeed was the God they were recording in the scriptures.
The scribes did not say a word.
They thought in their mind accusing Jesus of being a blasphemer.
Let us read verse 8, and you will see that Jesus is the all-knowing God manifest in the flesh.
He knows every thought of man.
Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Mark 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
The Lord knew the heart of those scribes.
He told them aloud about their thought.
Up to this point, we can see that the presence of lame men or lepers in Israel means that they were not obeying the law.
What you can observe from these passages is that pronouncing sins forgiven or healing a man is the same thing.
This is because, in Israel, all sickness was a direct result of sin.
Let us also read [Psalms 103:2-3].
Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Disobedience (sin) brings about sickness.
Forgiveness of sin brings about an healing.
Let us go back to [Mark 2:12].
Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
We see the word, immediately, again.
When the man who was healed from palsy took up his bed and walked, those present there were amazed and glorified God.
The Jews in that house saw two miracles with their own eyes on that day.
They saw their God manifest in the flesh who offered the forgiveness of sin.
They also saw their God who performed healing on-site in that house.
Today, we do not have a chance to see Jesus face to face, but we can believe Him from the Bible.
“Believe that He alone can forgive and wash away your sins with His shed blood and that you can be saved even today.”