Here is the text I will be working out of this Sunday. I welcome your thoughts and perspectives.

Mark 2:13–17

13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Here is the process I go through during the week in my prep. Feel free to interact with it.

Biblical Exegesis for…


  • Genre: What kind of writing are we studying
    • Over-all: Narrative (historical & story),   Law,  Prophecy, Wisdom, Poetry, Narrative (Gospel & Acts),  Letter, Apocalyptic
    • Specific to the passage: Poetry or Prose?, Riddle, Typology, Parable, Allegory, Sermon
    • Where is it in relation to redemptive history?
    1. Creation by Word Genesis 1 and 2
    2. The Fall Genesis 3
    3. First Revelation of Redemption Genesis 4–11
    4. Abraham Our Father Genesis 12–50
    5. Exodus: Our Pattern of Redemption Exodus 1–15
    6. New Life: Gift and Task Exodus 16–40; Leviticus
    7. The Temptation in the Wilderness Numbers; Deuteronomy
    8. Into the Good Land Joshua; Judges; Ruth
    9. God’s Rule in God’s Land 1 and 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1–10; 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles 1–9
    10. The Fading Shadow 1 Kings 11–22; 2 Kings
    11. There Is a New Creation Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Daniel; Esther
    12. The Second Exodus Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai
    13. The New Creation for Us Matthew; Mark; Luke; John
    14. The New Creation in Us Initiated Acts
    15. The New Creation in Us Now New Testament Epistles
    16. The New Creation Consummated The New Testament
    • Subject: What is the passage about?
  • Topics: What are the ideas in the passage?
  • Key Words:
    • What stands out as important?
    • Original languages / Grammar


  • Persons: Who is mentioned here?
  • Action: Who is doing what?  What is happening?


  • Purpose: What was the writer / speaker trying to achieve
  • Reasons: Are any reasons suggested?


  • Arena: Is there any indication where something happens


  • Events: …or when something happened?


  • Method: …or how something happens?

Check for CONSISTENCY with the rest of scripture.

  • Refer to commentaries, Study Bibles, Bible Dictionaries, etc
  • What is the MELODIC line of the passage?
  • What is the core message that sums up this teaching?
  • Express it in contemporary wording….



Melodic Line of the text? In one sentence.



Compile some applications to daily personal life & society.
How would you encourage listeners to respond to this message from God?

How does it interact with the questions below?

Where is this passage located in redemption history and how does it relate to us 
What does this point mean for the non Christian?     
What does it mean for us as citizens, as employees, and so forth?     
What does it teach us about Christ?     
What does it mean for us as individual Christians?     
What does it mean for our church as a whole?     

APPLY the melodic line (The lesson for us)

Hidden Worldviews that Gospel application needs to counter. How does the text counter one or more of these false worldviews. Can I shed light on any of these hidden worldviews with this passage?
• Individualism — the story that “I” am the center of the universe
• Consumerism — the story that I am what I own
• Nationalism — the story that my nation is God’s nation
• Moral relativism — the story that we can’t know what is universally good
• Scientific naturalism — the story that all that matters is matter
• New Age — the story that we are gods
• Postmodern tribalism — the story that all that matters is what my small group thinks
• Salvation by therapy — the story that I can come to my full human potential through inner exploration

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