(From: MARK #3 - 1:40-2:12)
D. 1:40-45 JESUS HEALS A LEPER
a. 1:40 THE NATURE OF THE LEPER'S REQUEST
Kai ERche-tai pros auTON lePROS , pa-ra-kaLON auTON, kai go-nu-peTON,
And a leper comes unto him, beseeching him, and kneeling down,
LEgon auTO [HOti] E-AN THEles, DUnaSAI me ka-thaRIsai .
andsaying to him [that] If you will, you can cleanse me.
b. 1:41 MOTIVATION OF THE COMPASSION OF JESUS
kai splagch-nisTHEIS  ekTEInas  ten CHEIra auTOU, HEpsa-to ,
And in pity he stretched forth his:hand, and touched him,
kai LEgei auTO, THElo; ka-thaRISthe-ti.
and says to him, I will; be cleansed.
c. 1:42 And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
kai euTHUS aPELthen ap' auTOU heLEpra, kai e-ka-theRISthe.
d. 1:43-44 JESUS' COMMAND TO THE CLEANSED LEPER
kai em-bri-meSAme-nos  auTO, euTHUS eXEba-len auTON,
And he strictly charged him, andstraightway sent him out,
kai LEgei auTO, HOra me-deNI meDEN EIpes:
44and says to him, See yousay nothing to any one:
alLA HUpa-ge se-auTON DEIxon to hi-eREI, kai proSEneg-ke  peRI tou ka-tha-risMOU  sou
but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your :cleansing
ha proSEta-xen  Mo-uSES, eis marTUri-on auTOIS.
the thingswhich Moses commanded, for a witness to them.
e. 1:45 JESUS FORCED INTO DESERT PLACES
ho de e-xelTHON, ERxa-to keRUSsein  polLA,
But he went out, andbegan to publish itmuch,
kai di-a-pheMIzein  ton LOgon, HOste meKEti auTON DUnas-thai
and to spread abroad the matter, insomuch that he could no more
eis POlin pha-neROS  ei-selTHEIN, alLA Exo ep' eREmois  TOpois en:
openly enter into a city, but was without in desert places:
kai ERchon-to pros auTON PANto-then .
and they came unto him from everywhere.
E. 2:1-12 HEALING AND FORGIVING A PALSIED MAN
a. 2:1 JESUS RETURNS TO CAPERNAUM
Kai ei-selTHON PAlin eis Ka-phar-naOUM di' hemeRON,
And when he entered again into Capernaum after somedays,
eKOUStheHOti en OIkoesTIN.
it was noised about that he was in thehouse.
b. 2:2 JESUS FORCED TO SPEAK THE WORD OUTSIDE BECAUSE OF CROWDS
kai suNECHthe-san  polLOI, HOste meKEti choREIN ,
And many were gathered, so that therewas no longer room for them,
meDE ta pros ten THUran: kai eLAlei auTOIS ton LOgon.
no, not even :about the door: and he spoke the word to them.
c. 2:3 And they come, bringing unto him a paralytic, borne of four.
kai ERchon-tai, PHEron-tes pros auTON pa-ra-lu-tiKON , aiROme-non huPO tesSAron.
d. 2:4 FRIENDS OF PARALYTIC PUT TO TROUBLE
kai me duNAme-noi pro-seNEGkai  auTO diA ton OCHlon,
And unable to bring himto him for the crowd,
a-peSTEga-san  ten STEgen  HOpou en: kai e-xoRUxan-tes ,
they unroofed the roof where he was: and when they had broken itup,
chaLOsi  ton KRAbat-ton  HOpou ho pa-ra-lu-tiKOS kaTEkei-to .
they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.
e. 2:5 HEALING PROCLAIMED BECAUSE OF FAITH OF HIS FRIENDS
kai iDON ho IeSOUS ten PIstin auTON LEgei to pa-ra-lu-tiKO,
And :Jesus seeing their :faith says to the paralytic,
TEKnon, aPHIenTAI  sou hai ha-marTIai.
Child, your :sins are forgiven.
f. 2:6-7 SCRIBES UPSET IN THEIR HEARTS
Esan DE ti-nes ton gram-maTEno eKEI kaTHEme-noi,
But certain of the scribes were sitting there,
kai di-a-lo-giZOme-noi  en tais karDIais auTON, Ti HOUtos HOUto laLEI?
and reasoning in their :hearts, 7Why does this man speak thus?
blas-pheMEI : tis DUna-tai a-phiEnai ha-marTIas ei me heis, ho TheOS?
he blasphemes: who can forgive sins but one, :God?
g. 2:8 JESUS PERCEIVES - AND CHALLENGES THEM
kai euTHUS e-pigNOUS ho IeSOUS, to PNEUma-ti auTOU
And straightway :Jesus, perceiving in his :spirit
HOti HOUtos di-a-loGIzon-tai en he-auTOIS, LEgei auTOIS,
that they so reasoned within themselves, says to them,
Ti TAUta di-a-loGIzes-the en tais karDIais huMON?
Why do you reason these thingsin your :hearts?
h. 2:9 HIS REASONING
TI es-tin eu-koPOte-ron , eiPEIN to pa-ra-lu-tiKO, A-PHIenTAI sou hai ha-marTIai;
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Your :sins are forgiven;
eeiPEIN, E-GEIrou , kai Aron ton KRAbatTON sou, kai pe-riPAtei?
or to say, Arise, and take up your :bed, and walk?
i. 2:10-11 JESUS DEMONSTRATES HIS PERCEPTIONS
HIna de eiDEte HOti e-xouSIan  Echei ho huiOS tou anTHROpou
But that you may know that the Son of :man has authority
a-phiEnai ha-marTIas ePI tes ges (LEgei to pa-ra-lu-tiKO), Soi LEgo,
on the earth to forgive sins (he says to the paralytic), 11I say unto you,
Egei-re, Aron ton KRAbatTON sou, kai HUpa-ge eis ton OI-KON sou.
Arise, take up your :bed, and go to your :house.
j. 2:12 THE EFFECT ON THE CROWDS
kai eGERthe, kai euTHUS Aras ton KRAbat-ton,
And he arose, and straightway took up the bed,
eXELthen EMpros-then PANton; HOste eXIstas-thai  PANtas,
andwent forth before themall; so that all were amazed,
kai doXAzein  ton TheON, LEgon-tas [HOti] HOUtos ouDEpo-te EIda-men.
and glorified :God, saying [that] We never saw the like.
NOTE: 1:40-45 - Jesus knew that if healed and delivered people published the news, it would make it difficult both for Himself to minister, and for crowds to be able to eat in desert places. Yet - those so helped, could not find it in themselves to obey His command. They went ahead and did that which made it very difficult for Jesus to fulfill His calling. How sad! Notice here that the leper said, “If you will, you can.”He had no doubt of the ability of Jesus to help him: he was somewhat in doubt if Jesus would be willing. And the Lord, being deeply moved with pity and compassion (splagch-nisTHEIS), met the need.
2:1-12 - This next incident of meeting human need has added lessons. Here, it is notthe faith of the paralytic that brought healing, but the faith of his four friends. They just knewthat if they could get their friend to Jesus, he would be healed. They had faith both in Jesus' ability andwillingness!
The unroofing of the roof stopped Jesus teaching, while He watched their faith in action as they lowered the bed of their friend in front of Him! Amazing! and it clearly says, “And :Jesus seeing theirfaith!”
But Jesus' response was first to forgive the sins which caused the paralysis, before meeting the physical need. And this pattern of healing upset the scribes. But Jesus by the Spirit knew within Himself their inward criticism. The word e-pigNOUS, “perceiving” in his spirit, shows the way the gifts of the spirit of 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 operated in Jesus; and after Pentecost, operated the same way in Peter and Paul.
The manner in which Jesus both forgave sin as Son of :man and healed the sick, temporarily shut up the opposition of the scribes. But His continued miraculous ministry exacerbated the opposition of the chief priests and Pharisees. Mark shows the beginning of opposition to Jesus by the Jewish rulers from the very beginning of His ministry.
The Gospel of Mark is unique. The word “immediately” occurs again and again. It is a Gospel of “action”. It appealed especially to the Romans of the Empire. Julius Caesar would have appreciated this. This is the shortest of the four Gospels - a Gospel of “dispatch”. Mark was mentored by Peter, and Peter also was a man of action, standing out from among the disciples who Jesus chose for His twelve apostles.
The Gospel also illustrates the “servant spirit” of Jesus, like the ox, one of the four heads of the Cherubim in Ezekiel. Because it is a short Gospel, it is often used as the Gospel of choice for teaching in Seminaries and Bible Colleges. It was the choice for St. Andrews College in Saskatoon where I studied following World War II.