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They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Mark 2:2

Read: Mark 2:1-3:6
Listen: Mark 2 and 3


Jesus faces booming popularity. Wherever he goes, massive crowds follow him. Some follow because they believe him, others out of curiosity and some out of antagonism. Jesus and the Pharisees are two prominent characters to circle in your journal for this week’s reading. Many characters come and go throughout the book of Mark. This conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees will continue over and over throughout. Rather than embracing Jesus, the religious elite have serious problems with him. As Jesus continues to preview God’s kingdom through his teachings and healings, his words and actions challenge the Pharisees’ authority and position. Rather than embracing him, they refuse to allow Jesus to renovate their way of life—and begin to plot his demise.

This week we will look at four problems the Pharisees have with Jesus. Each conflict reveals who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. We too can be like the Pharisees who reject Jesus’ power and authority. When confronted with his teachings, we can choose to open the door and allow him to renovate every area of our lives, or we can lock the door and refuse to allow him to have full authority.


Where do you need to give God permission to “go” renovate your life? Pray this prayer with open hands, “God, I permit you to remove any walls you want. Move things around. Implant within my heart and soul your desires and dreams. Renovate my life.” Write this in the blank space on page 25 to help you remember.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

The Problem with Jesus