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Mark - Chapter 03

Bible Study Notes
Mark 3:1-6 The Pharisees later watched Jesus to see if he would heal the man with withered hand on the Sabbath to accuse him of breaking the law. Jesus, knowing what the scribes were thinking asked them if it was lawful to do good or harm, so save life or to kill on the Sabbath. They said nothing which angered Jesus because of their hard hearts. Jesus healed the man. The Pharisees left and held a meeting with the Herodians on how to destroy Jesus.

Notes: Jesus was angry because instead of answering “Good”, they held their answer because they felt their traditions over ruled an answer to the question (Not work on the Sabbath, regardless if it was good or evil). The Herodians were supporters and associates of Herod Antipas of Galilee and the Herodian family dynasty.

Mark 3:7-12 A great crowd from all around the area followed Jesus and his disciples to the sea. Jesus had his disciples prepare them a boat to escape the crowd so that people didn’t crush Him as they pressed to get near and touch Him for a healing. Jesus also didn’t want the unclean spirits in some of the people crying out that Jesus was the Son of God in front of the other people.

Mark 3:13-19 Jesus later went up to a mountain and called out twelve of His disciples to become his Apostles, to be always with Him and to prepare them for a mission to preach and cast out demons. They were Simon called Peter, James and John (the sons of Zebedee), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew (Also called Nathaniel), Matthew (Also called Levi), Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus (Also called James the Lesser or Younger), Thaddaeus (Also called Jude (or Judas) or Lebbeus), Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.

Notes: The disciples’ experience of being under the immediate oversight of Jesus will be important for them, as they themselves will soon oversee the ministry of others after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension.

For the sake of discussion, let’s call Thaddaeus (Jude) and James the son of Alphaeus (James). They all agree that Jude and James are brothers (sons of Cleophas and Mary), and that they both wrote an epistle and that James became the head of the church in Jerusalem.

For the sake of discussion, let’s call Thaddaeus (Jude) and James the son of Alphaeus (James). All scholars agree that Jude and James are brothers (sons of Cleophas and Mary). Only some believe that they both wrote an epistle after their own name. Most will agree that James, Jesus’ brother was the leader of the church in Jerusalem. The problem lies in whether James and Jude were unrelated to Jesus, Jesus’ cousins, or two entirely different people or than Jesus’ brothers, James and Jude.

Mark 3:20-30 They returned home, and again the crowd pressed them that they couldn’t find time to even eat. Jesus’ family rescued Him from the crowds. The scribes claimed Jesus was possessed by Beelzebul (or Beelzebub), the prince of demons. But Jesus asked how could Satan cast out Satan? A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus said all sins can be forgiven except for attributing the miracles Jesus performed (which was done by the Spirit of God) to the work of Satan, for the scribes said that Jesus was possessed by an unclean spirit.

Notes: Whenever someone deliberately and disrespectfully slanders the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit in pointing to the lordship and redemption of Jesus Christ, he completely negates and forfeits any possibility of present or future forgiveness of sins, because he has wholly rejected the only basis of God’s salvation.

Mark 3:31-35 Jesus’ family arrived to take Jesus home. When Jesus heard that they were outside waiting for Him, Jesus stated that His true mother and brothers would believe in Him, of who He was, where He came from, and did the will of God.

Notes: Jesus made a decisive and comprehensive statement on true Christian discipleship. Such discipleship involves a spiritual relationship that transcends the physical family and is open to all who are empowered by the Spirit of God to come to Christ in repentance and faith and enabled to live a life of obedience to God’s word.

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