What Grieves God?

Mark 3:1–6


In this lab, John Piper shows us that it is not for lack of compassion that men perish, but for lack of a heart that delights in the God of all compassion because of hard and rebellious hearts.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Mark 3:1–6:

  1. What are some things that grieve God? What are some things that make him angry?
  2. In Mark 3:1–6, what problem do the Pharisees have with Jesus? How does Jesus respond to them?
  3. John Piper says that both righteous anger and godly grief are found in the mature believer. Do you gravitate towards one and not the other?

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Principle for Bible Reading

What Did Jesus Do?

When pondering the question, “How then shall we live?” the Scriptures are our obvious roadmap. But when we hear a command from God and wonder how we can practically apply it, we can be enlightened by asking how Jesus obeyed it.

How Jesus obeyed commands and how we ought to might not always be the same (because he is God and we are not). But thinking about Jesus’s life and how he fulfilled his Father’s commands can help us gain clarity on how to do likewise. Searching for intersections between what God expects of us and Jesus’s life gets us thinking more about his amazing life (as opposed to merely about principles to obey) and inclines us to give glory to the God-man for his perfect obedience on our behalf.