Jesus forgives sins
(2:1-12): Jesus brings God’s forgivenessto people in need. The religious authorities believed insteadthat only God could forgive sins, consequently Jesus isblaspheming for putting himself at the same level of God.
Jesus chose 12 apostles among his many disciples
: InIsrael normally the disciples chose their teachers, but in thecase of Jesus, he is the one electing his closest companionsand collaborators in his mission. They will not study the Law(Torah) and their traditions, but they will learn from theteachings of Jesus and put them into practice in their dailylives.
Jesus and his disciples do not fast
(2:18-22): All therespected groups (Essenes, Pharisees…) and individual holymen (John the Baptist) used to fast often and live an asceticlife in order to show everyone that they were closelyconnected to God. Instead, Jesus and his disciples eat, drink,and enjoy a nice and comfortable life… he does not fit theprofile of a holy man or messenger from God.
Jesus and his disciples do not keep holy the Sabbathday
: He does many activities that are forbidden by the law onthat day: healing the sick and plucking grain. Jesus redefinesthe meaning of the Sabbath day: “
The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. The Son of Man is even lord of the Sabbath
Jesus cleanses the Temple of merchants
, sellers, andmoney changers, and says, “
My house should be called ahouse of prayer for all peoples, but you have made it abandit’s den
” (11:15-19). Jesus does not like mixing businesswith true religion.
2. WHAT QUESTIONS DID JESUS’ ACTIVITY PROVOKEAMONG THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL?
What is this? Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him
(1:27): Reaction of the crowds after seeing theexorcism of man in the synagogue.