- Jesus went to a synagogue where a man with a shriveled hand was.
- People were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, specifically if he were to heal someone on the Sabbath.
- Jesus has the man stand up and poses a question: is it lawful to do good or evil on the Sabbath, to save or to kill? This question goes unanswered.
- Jesus was angry at the people, and his spirit was distressed because of the stubbornness of the people’s hearts.
- A miracle takes place, even in the presence of hard hearts.
- Jesus commands the man to stretch out his hand and he is healed.
- The Pharisees then begin to plot with the Herodians against Jesus.
- People from all over Israel, and even outside the nation came to Jesus to listen to him and be healed. It got to the point that Jesus needed a boat ready for him to get into as the people were pushing forward to touching him.
- Jesus goes on a mountainside and spends time calling out specific people who will follow him. He appoints the 12 apostles with the intent of sending them out to preach and have authority to drive out demons.
- The names of the 12 are: Simon Peter, James and John (sons of Zebedee, whom Jesus names the Sons of Thunder), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeaus, Simon the zealot, and Judas Iscariot.
- Jesus teaches in a house in Galilee and the crowd gathers to the point that Jesus and his disciples can’t get some food to eat.
- Jesus’ family heard about what he was doing, thought he had gone mad, and were on their way to collect him.
- Teachers of the law from Jerusalem claim that he is possessed by Satan and that he casts out demons with that power.
- Jesus points out that if Satan fights against his own power, the his kingdom and house will fall and the end of Satan’s dominion has come.
- He says that a person can be forgiven of all their sins and slander they speak.
- However, a person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, because they have committed an eternal sin.
- He said this because the people were saying that he had “an impure spirit”
- Mary and her sons show up to get Jesus and sends someone in to get his attention saying ‘your family is here looking for you’.
- Jesus poses the question, “who are my mother and my brothers?”, pauses and looks around at those seated in a circle around him and says “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
There is a lot in this passage to unpack, but I’m going to focus in on the end. It is interesting to note that Mark does not say that Jesus looks at the entire crowd and says they are his family, rather it is those who are seated in a circle around him. It is those, close to Jesus, seated at his feet who are considered his brother, his sister, and his mother. I want to be known as someone who spends extensive time at Jesus’ feet.
Jesus, I love You. Thank You for being a God who desires His family to be close and involved with Him. I ask that You would more and more grow the desire within me to stay at your feet. Would this desire for closeness to you rub off on those around me, my wife, my family, the youth at Trinity. I praise you because I know you are close to hear me and the desires of my heart. It is in Your name and for Your glory, Amen.
Posted on Fri, July 17, 2015
by Brian Landers