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New Testament Lesson

Come, Follow Me, March 11– 17; Matthew 10–12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11
March 8, 2019
New Testament Lesson
Come, Follow Me, March 11– 17; Matthew 10–12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11
Author BYU Studies Staff,

As we study Jesus’ interactions with disciples and detractors, we see him revealing who he is and his power to forgive sins.

"Repentance," James K. Lyon, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus explains that the woman's actions showed true repentance while the Pharisee's did not. This short article on repentance in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism discusses the blessings and growth that can take place as true repentance occurs. Repentance is "the process by which humans set aside or overcome sins by changing hearts, attitudes, and actions that are out of harmony with God's teachings." The author, James Lyon, emphasizes why repentance is necessary and central to God's plan.

Matthew 12:38-41: Jesus Is the Lord of the Sabbath

"The Book of Jonah: Foreshadowings of Jesus as the Christ," David R. Scott, BYU Studies, Vol. 53, no. 3
Jesus' declaration that he is the Lord of the Sabbath is linked to the rest of Matthew 12, wherein he refers to the "sign of Jonah" (Matt. 12:38-41). He is evoking not only the parallel of spending three days in a great fish/tomb, he evokes many elements of the book of Jonah that his audience would have understood. These include: Jonah was uniquely called to teach to Gentiles, just as Jesus' atonement would be universal. Both Jonah and Jesus had experiences with storms at sea being calmed by God. Both Jonah and Jesus were "lifted up" and sacrificed. Both Jonah and Jesus felt forsaken, Jonah saying, "I am cast out of thy sight," and Jesus asking why God had forsaken him. This article shows that Jonah's experience foreshadows many aspects of Jesus' mission.

“Mark 2:23-28: Jesus Teaches about the Sabbath,” excerpted from The Gospel according to Mark, by Julie M. Smith, p. 188-196.

This excerpt provides the New Rendition, Notes, and Analysis on these verses. Julie Smith explains that a textual variant in the manuscripts allows different readings: that the disciples were making a road or path by plucking grain or they were plucking grain in order to eat it or both. These verses resonate with a story of David in 1 Samuel 21:2-6. In this event Jesus compares himself to David and thus alludes to his role as the Davidic Messiah.