Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians on the 12th Tuesday after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 5:15-21 Mark 1:16-22

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QUESTION 1

Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Vs. 16)

Was this the first time Simon and Andrew had encountered Jesus? Explain.

QUESTION 2

"And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. {20} And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. " (Mark 1:19,20)

Zebedee was left behind, but what of James' and John's mother? Do we know her name, and if she followed Jesus?

QUESTION 3

"And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes." (Mark 1:21,22)

What is the most important thing we must do to have authority when we teach or even speak of holy things, according to the example of Jesus Christ?

QUESTION 4

" And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them,and rose again. " (2 Cor 5:15)

This is a difficult saying. What does Paul indicate by stating that we should not henceforth live unto ourselves?

QUESTION 5

"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. " (2 Cor 5:16")

What does St Paul mean by saying: "know we no man after the flesh"?

QUESTION 6

"Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him so no more."

Does this mean that Christ, after having risen, is no longer in the flesh?





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