Happy Monday! As Mark's narrative continues to unfold we discover how the gospel, Jesus came announcing, (Mark 1.15) reorders religious practice in our lives. Fasting was on of the three main pillars of Judaism (including prayer and almsgiving). The Mosaic Law required fasting one day a week (Lev. 16.29) but the Pharisee's fasted twice a week. In this account Jesus uses the juxtaposing imagery of feasting to help us understand how religious practices (life fasting) ultimately relate back to Him.
What are you thankful for today?
What is overwhelming you right now?
How did Jesus call you to action/obey Him last time? How has it gone?
Who has Jesus placed in your life that you are intentionally walking alongside of to serve, discover or grow in Jesus? How have you been able to spend time with or share with them since last time?
Take some time to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you are facing, and for the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth as you read during this time.
18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
+ WHAT is happening in this passage and what do we learn? (Say it in your own words or use these questions)
_ In vs. 18, Why do you think the people ask Jesus this question about fasting?
_ In vs. 19, consider a wedding, who is the bridegroom in Jesus' teaching?
_ What is one of the main things people do at a wedding and how does it contrast with fasting?
_ How do you think the imagery in vs. 21 and 22 connects with the point Jesus is making about fasting?
_ In vs. 21 and 22 what do you think the old wineskin/garment and the new wineskin/garment represent?
_ What is the point Jesus is making about fasting?
+ HOW, does this passage convict you of sin to confess, how does the grace of the gospel compel you to respond with action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, use these questions to help)
_ Are there any religious (or non-religious) practices that have become so important to you that you are missing Jesus in practicing them?
+ WHO can you share this passage with today? (e.g., your family at dinner, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)
THESE DAILY POSTINGS ARE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOu to ABIDE IN JESUS AND FOR GROUPS AS A THREE PART GUIDE WHEN THEY MEET.