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Mark 1:12-34 Inductive Bible Study
Jesus in the wilderness (12-13)
Jesus calls the disciples (14-20)
Jesus casts out a demon (21-28)
Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law (29-34)
Verses 12-13 Discussion Questions
Why did the Holy Spirit lead Jesus to the wilderness? What do you think God wanted to accomplish through this 40 day event? How could this time help prepare Jesus for the ministry that the Father had called Him to do?
What additional insights can you gain into this from other gospels?
What do we learn about Jesus’ character from this experience?
How can the realization that Satan is real affect us?
How can we hope to make it through similar times of testing/trial/temptation in our lives now?
Matthew 4:1-11 – Matthew’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.
Ephesians 6:10-12 – Our struggle is against spiritual forces of wickedness, not flesh and blood.
Jesus’ temptation – We learned in Hebrews that Jesus was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Jesus was tempted as we are. Yet I believe it is also true that He faced even many more temptations than we do. Think about it. If Satan could just get Jesus to sin one time, than He would win. All of humanity would be lost and would belong to him without any hope of redemption. Aren’t you glad that Jesus resisted? If during those 40 days almost 2000 years ago, Jesus, for even one second, compromised, then we would be separated from God forever. Think about that next time you face temptation and pray that God would give you the same strength that He gave to Jesus. The Spirit led Jesus – We see Jesus’ submission here. God the Father led through the Holy Spirit and Jesus followed.
What do you think the point of this time in the wilderness was? How did it affect Jesus? Satan? Us? What does the phrase “the angels were ministering to Him” show us (even in the middle of trials, God did not abandon Jesus and He won’t abandon us either)?
II. Verses 14-20 Discussion Questions
Where did Jesus start preaching?
What do you notice about the content of His message?
What time is fulfilled?
What does it mean that the “kingdom of God is at hand?”
Why “repent and believe?”
Why do you think Jesus chose fisherman to be His disciples instead of more educated alternatives? What can we learn from this about what God wants in a disciple? Does one’s education level matter?
What do we learn about Jesus as a speaker from verse 17?
What did Jesus call them to? How did this call effect their lives? What did it change?
Explain the phrase “follow me” and “fishers of men.” How would they become fishers of men?
What was their response?
What possible risks might they face by following Jesus?
What possible reasons/excuses might they have had for not answering His call?
How would this effect their futures?
What does this show us about those disciples?
Is there anything we need to do based on this passage?
John 6:17-20 – Account of John being arrested.
John 1:40-42 – Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist and introduced Simon Peter to Him..
Matthew 9:9 – Calling of Matthew
Matthew 10:38 – He who does not take his own cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
IV. Verses 21-28 Discussion Questions
Where is Capernaum?
What insight does verse 21 give into what a synagogue meeting was like? What do we learn here about Jesus’ ministry?
How did they react to his teaching?
What difference was there between his teaching and that of the scribes? How might His authority make His actual teaching look different?
Why do you think this demon possessed man went to this service? What might Satan have been trying to accomplish?
What did this demon admit that most people in Israel denied? What does this tell us about what true belief is?
Why might Jesus have told this demon to “be quiet?”
Can we learn anything from these verses about Satan’s plan, demons, or demon possession?
How did the people react? What insight does their reaction give into this event?
Titus 2:15 – These things speak … with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
James 2:19 – Even the demons believe and tremble.
Matthew 18:18 – All authority has been given me.
V. Verses 29-31 Discussion Questions
Where did Simon and Andrew live?
What do we learn about Simon?
Why might his mother-in-law have been living with them?
What do you think they expected of Jesus when they told Jesus about her fever?
What do we learn about Jesus from this passage?
1 Corinthians 9:5 – Peter was married.
Luke 4:38 – High fever