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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
If you’ve missed Chapters 1 and 2 of this Gospel from the Holy Bible, click on the links to check them out. Otherwise, we continue today by looking into Chapter 3 of the Gospel of Mark in this new segment on my blog. This is where I’ll give summaries on each chapter of Mark’s Gospel about Jesus.
Last time, Jesus healed a paralyzed man inside a crowded house, saying to him his sins were forgiven which shocked the teachers of the law. Jesus also ate with tax collectors and sinners, which angered the teachers of the law too. Jesus also talks about fasting and about him as the Lord of the Sabbath.
Let’s find out what Jesus does in Chapter 3 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 3
Chapter 3 begins with Jesus entering the synagogue one day. A man with a shrivelled hand was there and some people were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus should he heal that man on the Sabbath day. They watched Jesus closely. Very soon, Jesus told the man with the shrivelled hand to stand up.
The man with the shrivelled hand stood up in front of everyone. Jesus asked the people, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath? To do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” The people were silent once Jesus said this. Jesus was angry when he looked around, distressed by the people’s stubborn hearts.
Jesus then said to the man to ‘stretch out his hand’. The man did so and his hand was completely restored. The Pharisees that were there in synagogue went out and began to plot with the Herodians on how they might able to kill Jesus. This is where all the seeds of Jesus’ crucifixion begin.
Later on, large crowds began to follow Jesus from Galilee. This was when Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake. Many people had heard all about what Jesus was doing and they came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea and the regions across the Jordan River and around Tyre and Sidion.
Jesus told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him at the lake, due to the large crowd of people approaching around him. He healed many people and those with diseases pushed forward to touch him. When the evil spirits in people saw Jesus, they fell down and cried declaring who he was.
At that, Jesus strictly ordered the evil spirits in people not to tell others about him. Eventually, Jesus went up to a mountainside and called those he wanted to become his disciples. He appointed twelve men, so that they can accompany him and he could send them out to preach and drive out demons.
The twelve disciples of Jesus are as follows. There was Simon (who Jesus renamed Peter); James, son of Zebedee and his brother John (‘the sons of thunder’); Andrew; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James, son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who’d betray Jesus.
Jesus later gets accused by his family and by the teachers of the law. It starts when Jesus enters a house and a crowd gathers around him. Jesus and his disciples were not able to eat because of this. Jesus’ family were also there since they went to charge of him, declaring that “He is out of his mind.”
The teachers of the law also came down from Jerusalem, saying that Jesus is possessed by Beelzebub! “By the prince of demons, he is driving out demons,” they said. Jesus then called the teachers of the law over to him and asked, “How can Satan drive out Satan.” Jesus spoke in parables.
He states ‘if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposed himself and is divided, he cannot stand, his end has come’. Jesus says that no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up.
Jesus says to the teachers that people can be forgiven for their sins and any slander they say. But he warns them that anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven as they’re guilty of an eternal sin. Jesus told them this, as the teachers of the law said ‘he had an impure spirit’.
Later on, Jesus’ mother and his brother arrived since they were looking for him. Someone was sent in to call for Jesus whilst his mother and brothers were standing outside the house. A crowd was gathered around Jesus when this person had told him his mother and brothers were looking for him.
Jesus asked out loud, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” He then addressed all those that were seated around him in the house and he said that the people around him are his mother and brothers. He then says to everyone, “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
That’s it for Chapter 3 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 4.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!