READ MARK 5:1-13

Last week, in our third lesson on the “Politics of Jesus,” we looked at the third
political strategy of Jesus: Strategy Three: “Expose the Workings of
Oppression.” This week we look at Strategy Four: “Call the Demon by Name!”
Please read Mark 5:1-13 “A Demon Possessed Man- Healed.” Do you see how
Jesus and the demon possessed man called the demon by name?
Please answer these seven (7) questions, after you read the scripture:

  1. What is an exorcism?
  2. Which of these do you think the demon possessed man represents?
    a. a man/person
    b. the nation of Israel
    c. America
  3. Why do you think Jesus asked the demon his name directly?
  4. What do you think were the conditions that caused this demon possessed
    man to live in the cemetery and cut himself and constantly do self-harm?
  5. What does the name Legion mean this story?
  6. What do you think the 2,000 pigs represent and why did Jesus send the
    unclean spirit in to them?
  7. Since Jesus freed the man from his demon possession, why do you think the
    people responded as they did in Mark 5:17?



Please Read: Mark 11:15-19, Mark 13:1-2, Matthew 23:16-28 & Micah Chapter 3

Last week, in our first look at the “Politics of Jesus” we saw some of the political strategies of Jesus. We focused on Jesus as the “Messiah and Tactician” by studying the first of his seven political strategies which is “Treat the People’s Needs as Holy.” Today we study Strategy Two, “Give Voice to the Voiceless.”

Please read the Mark, Matthew and Micah texts aloud to prepare to show where you can find the places in our study verses that show the elements of Jesus’ strategy and goals as he gave voice to those who were voiceless:

AS A STRATEGY, Jesus was giving a voice to the voiceless through his demonstration at the Temple. This demonstration had several elements. Please tell us where you see these elements in the verses we are studying and write down the verses that you think match these elements.

1) confronting those in power at the seat of their power to discredit their authority.

2) symbolically occupying the seat of power to discredit the myth of its invincibility.

3) maintaining control of the site long enough to be perceived as an actual challenge to the authorities’ power

4) making all actions, gestures, and pronouncements dramatic enough to capture the people’s imagination

5) leaving the site unscathed, when possible, as an inspiring show of strength

The strategic goals of Jesus’ demonstration at the Temple are below. Can you write the scriptures that we have read that shows these goals of Jesus?

a. to highlight abuses

b. to validate the people’s complaints

c. to invalidate the legitimacy of those in authority

d. to empower the people by demystifying the authority’s power