The Word of God
The Gospel of Mark
When Jesus returned to Capernaum those days,
It soon became know that he was at home.
Many gathered together, so there was no room,
Not even around the front door could they roam.
Jesus was preaching the word to the crowds.
Four men came forth with a paralytic man.
And when they couldn’t get near that Jesus,
Because of the crowd, then they simply began
To remove and open the roof above Him.
And when they broke through, they let down the bed,
On which their friend, the paralytic, lay.
Their faith Jesus saw, and to the man said:
“Son, your sins are forgiven you now.”
Yet, some of the scribes were sitting therein,
And asking “Why does he speak this way?
Who but God alone, can forgive sin?
They said “He is blaspheming!” But, Jesus knew,
In His spirit and mind what they, to themselves, thought.
He said “Why with your hearts do you question these things?
Which is easier, to a man with paralytic lot,
To say to him ‘Child, your sins are forgiven’
Or to say to him ‘Rise, take your mat and walk’?
But that you may know Son of Man has authority
Here on earth to forgive–” He said, to their shock:
“I say to you, man, rise and pick up your bed.
Go home.” And he rose, and at once grabbed his mat.
All there saw him, and amazed they glorified God:
“We never have seen a thing such as that.”
Once again, Jesus went out beside that sea.
The crowd came to Him and he taught them all.
As he passed he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, there,
He said “Follow me.” Levi went up and answered that call.
Levi had been at the tax customs post,
And when Jesus reclined at his table for dinners,
Many tax collectors sat down with Him and His disciples,
For many who followed Him were public sinners.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating
With tax men and sinners, so they said as inspectors,
To the disciples, yet also Jesus had heard them:
“Why with sinners does he eat, or with tax collectors?”
He said to them “Those who are well have no need
Of physicians, only those who are ill.
I came not to call righteous, but I came for sinners.”
Now disciples of Pharisees and John fast still.
So folks came to Jesus objecting and said:
“Why don’t your disciples fast like those others do?”
Said Jesus, “Can the bridegroom have his wedding guests fast?
As long as he’s with them they ought not fast, true,
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken,
And then they will fast when he is awayed.
No one sews, on an old coat, an unshrunk cloth patch.
If he does, the new pulls, and a worse tear is made.
Likewise, no one pours new wine in old wineskins.
If he does, the new wine will make the skins burst.
The wine is destroyed and so are the skins.
So rather, for new wine in new wineskins we thirst.”
As Jesus was passing through grainfields one Sabbath,
His disciples walked along and plucked heads of grain.
At this, the Pharisees said to him, “Look,
Why do they break Sabbath laws, see they profane?”
He said, “Have you ever read what David did?
When he and companions were hungry in need?
How he entered the house of God, in that time
Of high priest Abiathar? How then, indeed,
David and friends ate that consecrated bread,
Which only the priests could eat lawfully blessed?
God made Sabbath for Man, not Man for the Sabbath.
Thus Son of Man is even Lord of it’s rest.
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