The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, given to us for our instruction in God’s ways (1 Corinthians 10:11); we are called to read, learn, study, and meditate on them to become fully developed followers of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us on that journey, using some or all of the resources below.
Collect for The Second Sunday After the Epiphany (Sunday 17 January 2021):
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Study Questions for Mark 2:23-3:6
- What new theme to the Gospel is introduced in this passage, that we have not heard about in chapter 1 and the preceding portions of chapter 2? Why is this theme important?
- What does this passage show us about Jesus’ authority? Anything new?
- The Sabbath is the constant in the two comparisons given in verses 27 and 28. What is the difference between the point of comparison in each verse? Why, do you think?
- What emotions are displayed in 3:1-6?
- The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter enemies, with very different visions and agendas for Israel. The Pharisees wanted strict compliance to the Jewish law; the Herodians wanted to grab as much land and money as they could. What in this passage would support an alliance as unlikely as that described in verse 6?
The Jesus100 Readings for the Week are:
The Miracles of Jesus, Part I
Water into Wine: John 2:1-11
The Miracle Meal: Matthew 14:13-21
The Jesus100 is a Bible reading plan in which participants can read and reflect over the course of a year on 100 of the most significant Bible passages about Jesus – who he is, his righteousness and justice, his love and care for sinners, and what he has done for us in dying and rising again to life.
60 Days of Psalms – A guide to praying through the entire Book of Psalms in two months.