Bible Study: Driven By Love


Bible Study Questions – Mark 1:9-15

Mark starts out this section of Scripture with the words, “In those days.” Why? Mark 8:1

The verb used to describe the heavens being “torn open” is the same verb used in Mark 15:38? Could there be a connection? Isaiah 64:1

In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Baptism, he recalls that John said to Jesus, who had come to him to be Baptized, “I need to be baptized by you, and why should you come to me? Why did he say this? Matthew 3:13-14; John 1:22-34

Why did Jesus come to be baptized? Matthew 3:14-15

If Jesus was already filled with the Holy Spirit, what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit descending on Him now? Isaiah 42:1, 61:1; Luke 4:18-19

Do not think of this as something remote from us? Acts 1:7-8

How is the dove a symbol of power? Genesis 8:8-12

In Matthew when God speaks He says, “This is my Son, with whom I am well pleased” But Mark and Luke’s versions say, “You are my Son, with whom I am well pleased? Why the difference?

Voeltz translated this verse “This is my Son, with whom I have become well pleased.” How does this change the narrative?

Why do you think that part of Jesus’ preparation for ministry included temptation in the wilderness?

What does it mean that immediately the Spirit “drove” (Veltz in his new commentary translates it as, “throws”) Him into the wilderness to be tempted? Why the urgency?

What similarities do you see in the Israelites being sent to the wilderness for 40 years and Jesus being sent to the wilderness for 40 days?

Does God sometimes let our temptations happen? For what reason?

Why are wild beasts included in the story? Hosea 2:18; Isaiah 11:6-9, 35:7-10, 43:19-20;    Ezekiel 34:23-31

What does it mean that the angels attended to Him? Psalm 91:11-12(13)14-16

What does it say about Jesus that He begins His ministry in the same area and jurisdiction that John was beheaded in?

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