Gospel According to Mark Chapter 3
Mark 3:1- 6 – Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
- As Pharisees and Sadducees were looking for trapping Jesus either through His words, actions or healings but Jesus was always escaping their trap because Jesus was led by the Spirit of God and knew every plan of them, even before they could speak out their intentions.
- On this occasion, a man with a withered hand was in the synagogue.
- Jesus asked His opponents’ opinion on whether or not to help the man, but they refused to reply.
Jesus then told him to stretch his hand out. Apparently He neither touched him nor did any other physical thing–He merely asked the man to reach his hand out.
- When he did, it was healed. Jesus’
critics were furious and began plotting to assassinate Him.
- Note — To save a life or to kill: In 3:4 Jesus asked His opponents: Should one save a life or kill on the Sabbath? They chose not to reply, which showed that they were not interested in truth, but only wanted to discredit Him. It is always easy to find fault, but it is much harder to give a positive recommendation.
- Normally Christ healed men by laying His hands on them or performing some other physical sign. If He had accompanied the healing by physical action in this case, they would have attacked Him for doing medical work on the Sabbath, something contrary to their tradition.
- This time, however, Jesus did nothing–He merely told the man to reach his hand out. Even Jesus’ enemies did not believe it wrong to stretch out your hand on the Sabbath.
- Thus, He outsmarted His opponents; they were furious. When a man in an argument begins to get angry, it is a sure sign that he is losing. As it turned out, Jesus’ enemies are the ones who plotted to kill on the Sabbath, because He had done good.
- Vs. 5 – He looked them in anger, and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts,
- The anger of Jesus indicates His hatred and disapproval of all unrighteousness and injustice.
Christians should be angry when injustice is happening or towards people who are unrighteous or stubborn hearted people.
- Though Jesus frequently tried to withdraw, people followed Him from everywhere. He continued teaching, healing and casting out demons.
Mark 3:7- 12 – Jesus’ Popularity Grows
- While neither the crowd nor the religious leaders seemed to have recognized His true identity, the demons confessed Jesus as the Son of God.
- He declined their testimony, however, since He did not want the recommendation of the Devil.
Mark 3:13-19 – The Appointing of 12 Apostles
- Vs. 13 – Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.
- We need to understand that God calls the people whom HE wanted aside so that He can anoint them and appoint them for greater purpose.
- Vs. 14 – Why were the 12 disciples appointed.
* To be with Him
* To be sent out to preach
* To have authority over the demons.
- The twelve He chose were an unlikely bunch: included were
- four fishermen,
- a tax collector,
- a revolutionary (Simon the “Zealot”),
- a sceptic (Thomas), and a
- traitor (Judas Iscariot).
- Jesus proved that He could work with and make something out of even the most unpromising material.
Mark 3:20 – 30 – Accusations of Satanic Influence
- Vs. 20 & 21 – Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “ He is out of his mind”
- While Jesus’ family thought He had gone crazy
- The Pharisees charged that He accomplished His work through the power of the devil. They were desperately seeking to discredit Him and diminish His influence.
- Jesus’ devastating reply silenced them. First, He said that it would be unreasonable and even disastrous for the devil to begin attacking himself.
- Second, Christ explained that He had come to rob the strong man (the devil), taking from him the souls that had been under his control. Logically, He would need to disarm Satan to accomplish this goal, so expelling demons was a predictable facet of His strategy.
- Finally, He warned of the serious consequences of hardening one’s heart to the point of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. These scribes were demonstrating a malicious and possibly fatal attitude toward the work of God.
Mark 3:31- 35 – Jesus’ True Family
- Jesus’ physical family didn’t understand Him. They came to try to talk to Him, perhaps to persuade Him to take a break. He refused to give them a private hearing, explaining that His family no longer had a special claim on His attention. Jesus’ true family consists of those who hear and do His will. This incident shows that Mary had no special influence or privilege; Jesus treats all of His obedient followers equally.
- Jesus was continually under attack. He was criticized because He forgave sins, ate with sinners, didn’t fast, didn’t observe the religious establishment’s Sabbath doctrines, and cast out demons. He never cracked under the intense scrutiny and pressure.
- Much to the contrary, He continually affirmed principles that are extremely important even for our service to Him:
1) the priority of forgiveness of sins over physical healing,
2) the importance of recognizing one’s spiritual sickness,
3) the fact that fasting is to be done only when it fits the circumstances,
4) the uselessness of religious traditions, and
5) the critical danger of hardheartedly rejecting the work of the Holy Spirit.
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