The Plot Against The Anointed

Bible Passage: Mark 14:1-11

Summary

A rose between two thorns.

Outline

  1. 2 Days Before the Passover: Spiritual Betrayal (vs. 1-2)
  2. While He was at Bethany: Something Beautiful (vs. 3-9)
  3. Then Judas Iscariot: Friendship Betrayal (vs. 10-11)

Discussion Questions

Worship by renewing our minds:
  • Where were we looking in God’s Word? Summarize it in your own words.
  • Did you have any questions about certain words, the text, or what was said?
  • What do you think God wants us to understand about this section of Scripture? What is the purpose of including it in the Bible (How does it point to Jesus)?
  • How does Mark make a “mega stuff Oreo” in this section?
  • What all is happening in verses 1-2?
  • In what ways do verses 3-9 contribute to the “insider/outsider” motif of the book? Which one is it that ends up doing something beautiful?
  • What prompts Judas to seek an opportunity to betray Jesus in verses 10-11?
Grow by engaging our hearts with God’s Word:
  • When was a time in your life that you experience intense temptation before a time of spiritual dedication? What happened? How do you look back on that?
  • What is Jesus worth to you? In what ways would you like to be remembered for doing what “you could” with what Jesus has given you?
  • When has the promise of money caused you to seek the opportunity to betray others? Your family? Jesus? It could be what you do to get money, the number of hours you have to put in, or simply seeking opportunities to make money more than you seek opportunities to love God and love others.
Serve a hurting world by enlisting our bodies:
  • In what ways have you shown that Jesus is worth the “extravagance” of your life?
  • How do you constantly fight the temptation to allow the “promise of money” to become an “opportunity to betray Jesus”?
  • List 2 specific ways you will seek to value Jesus more than possessions and money this week.
  • Betrayal hurts no matter how spiritual you think you are. How have you dealt with betrayal in the past?