Mark Chapter 2

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Jesus’ teaching at Capernaum is interrupted by a paralytic carried by four men. Jesus tells the man his sins are forgiven, and he is cured. The scribes object to this as blasphemy. Levi the tax collector is called as a disciple. Jesus is criticized by the scribes for dining at the house of Levi with sinners. Jesus says he did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners. When asked why his disciples do not fast, Jesus replies, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom fast when the bridegroom is with them?’ No one puts new wine in old wineskins. Jesus and his disciples are criticized for plucking heads of grain on the Sabbath. Jesus refers to David eating the showbread in 1 Samuel 21:1-6, and says the Sabbath was made for man, not vice versa. The Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath.