Mark 2:6-10a (NLT)
6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, 7 “What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!”
8 Jesus knew what they were discussing among themselves, so he said to them, “Why do you think this is blasphemy? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, `Your sins are forgiven’ or `Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” [Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said,…]
TIME OF DAY:
As in scene 01-03, I have set the scene mid morning.
Strong sunlight comes from the door, which is off the left of this scene. The door light is pale & runs across the paralysed figure on the ground & half way up the Jesus figure.
Additional light is provided by the oil lamps, behind Jesus & behind the figures on the left. The oil lamps produce a more yellow/orange glow.
Jesus (in blue other robe) & paralysed man (on green mat)
In the background we see the group of teachers of religious law (the men in blue robes with coverings over their heads), their scribe (man with bag) & several others.
In the foreground are various other people who have been listening to Jesus teaching.
Centre stage belongs to the paralysed man on the mat & to Jesus, who is dressed in a blue outer robe, standing at the man’s head. We can not see any of the four friends of the paralysed man, who are all still up on the roof, however, we can see the 4 ropes, tied to the four corners of the man’s mat, which have lowered him to Jesus’ feet.
As in the previous scene there are various people standing about, who have been listening to Jesus teaching. The two men sitting down & in deep discussion are two of the teachers of religious law. The one on the left is critical of Jesus, the one on the right is more open minded to Jesus’ teaching. This was often the varied reaction that Jesus got: some accepted & some rejected his words… it is the same today!
The man with his hand up to Jesus is kind of saying, “Hold on a minute, the teachers of religious law & discussing your case!” The woman & man behind the teachers are looking particularly aggrieved by Jesus’ teaching. At least the woman on the far left is looking happy! This was all designed to show the wide variation in people’s reactions to Jesus teachings, from full acceptance to outright rejection. This is typical of all people, everywhere – some will accept Jesus’ words, some will not, some will question, some will be undecided.
What about you (my viewer) what do you believe?