Archive for June 14th, 2017

Mark 3

Mark 3 has Jesus with the religious leaders and a man with a withered hand. It was the Sabbath, and they were testing Jesus to see what He would do about healing this guy. Jesus knows their motives, and He asks them if it is ok to heal on the Sabbath.  Crickets.  They don’t answer at all and just watch to see what He would do.  Of course, He heals the man whose hand is restored and he is set free from his bad hand.  Immediately, Jesus’ enemies plot to get rid of Him. “The Pharisees went out and immediately, held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him”.

Jesus knows His time is limited.  So “he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him”.  Jesus is going to build His leadership team.  He needs to put together the people that would carry forth His ministry after He would be crucified.  Remember He is the Son of God.  He decides to pick twelve men to serve as His disciples.  A disciple is a learner – a follower who learns from another to then carry forth that to others.  So “he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons”.

An Apostle is one who actually spent time with Jesus in person.  That was the method He would use to prepare them – time together in His presence to learn and live life.  “He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him”.  Twelve common guys that were hand picked by Jesus to be His messengers of the gospel.

Jesus didn’t pick the religious scholars around Him.  He picked twelve men who were fishermen, farmers, tax collectors, etc.  They weren’t the group that might be the obvious choices.  But Jesus knew their heart, and the potential they had to not only follow Him but carry the message forward.  They head to the top with Him to receive their call.  As Jesus comes down, the scribes accuse Him of being of Satan.  He tells them “no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man.  Then indeed he may plunder his house”.  Jesus makes His case that He is of God, not the enemy.  He in fact is the one who will bind the strong man!

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