Questions on Mark 1:40-45 for Group Leaders

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"Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him" (Mark 1:41)

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QUESTIONS ON MARK 1:40-45 for Group Leaders

verse 40
  1. Do you note any sort of progression in the miracles seen so far in this chapter?
  2. According to the Law did the leper have the right to approach Jesus? Read Leviticus 13:45, 46 to answer this question.
  3. What was the inner disposition of the leper in approaching Jesus?
  4. What does the word ‘begging’ tell us about the leper’s inner state of mind?
  5. What does kneeling reveal to us about the leper’s inner state?
  6. The body language of the leper reveals his inner disposition; what about his words?
  7. ‘If you choose’. In these words do you think the leper focuses on his own will or on Jesus’?
  8. What words, in this verse show us the faith of the leper?

verse 41

  1. What was the inner reaction of Jesus?
  2. As a result of the man’s faith what did Jesus do?
  3. Can you think of another episode where Jesus stretches out his hand in this chapter?
  4. What risks was Jesus running when he touched the leper? What does this tell us about Jesus?
  5. Do you think that men would be afraid of an approaching leper? Why?
  6. Why was Jesus not afraid? Read 1 John 4:18.
  7. What do you think the act of stretching out his hand and touching the leper add to the episode? Would it have been different if he had simply healed by word only as in the episode with the man with the unclean spirit? Why?
  8. Did the leper pray according to the will of Jesus? How do you think the man knew Jesus would want to heal him?

verse 42

  1. What was the immediate effect of Jesus touch and words?
  2. The Word of God speaks the creative words of healing. Can you associate this with any other episodes in Scripture? Read also psalm 107.  In particular which verses, in this psalm, reflect the words and miracle of Jesus in this episode?
  3. Do you think the leper could be seen as a symbol? A symbol of what?
  4. What would you associate the concept of cleanness with in Christian doctrine and life?

verse 43, 44

  1. Why do you think Jesus warned the leper ‘sternly’?
  2. Why do you think he did not want the leper to speak of the miracle?
  3. Why do you think Jesus told the leper to fulfil the requirements of the Law by going to the priest and make?
  4. What words in these verses contribute to the impression of swiftness characteristic of Mark?

verse 45

  1. Why do you think the leper did not do as Jesus asked? Do you think this was a natural reaction?
  2. What does this teach us? When we receive healing and consolation do we let people know that it was in answer to prayer? Do we spread the word?
  3. What is the word that normally describes spreading the word?
  4. Are we personally involved in evangelisation?
  5. Do you think there is a right moment and a wrong moment to spread the word? Are you actively attentive for the right moment or do we automatically justify ourselves by saying it is never the right moment and we say nothing?
  6. Why do you think many never share their experience of faith with their friends and acquaintances?
  7. What was the consequence of the ex-leper proclaiming the Good News here? Was it positive or negative?
  8. What could Jesus do before and what could he not do after the miracle? Was the mission of Jesus blocked? Was there a change in approach?

General discussion questions


Robert Walsh

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