Notes Mark 3 B

Last week we saw Jesus heal the man with the withered hand and how the Pharisees and Scribes were watching to see what Jesus would do. We saw how Jesus wanted them to “see” the withered among them and have compassion on them. And we saw how Jesus asked them the question of whether it was right to do good or evil, to save life or to kill making the connection of if we do not see the withered among us and have compassion on them it could kill them both physically and even more importantly it could kill them spiritually. Now this week we will begin our lesson with the reaction of the Pharisees and Scribes to Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath. 

Verses 7-8

But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him. 

Jesus withdrew himself. That word “withdrew” means to depart or give place.Although the Pharisees and Scribes left to plot Jesus' death; Jesus did not hang around and stir up support for those who remained in the temple. Jesus did not stir discord among the brethren. 

Look at the places the multitudes are coming out of. Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, Jordan, Tyra and Sidon.” a great multitude. 

I think we might have a hard time grasping the size of this multitude. All through this chapter Mark is taken back by the size of the crowds. 

Verse 7 a great multitude….verse 8 a great multitude….verse 9 a small ship should wait on Him because of the multitude least they should throng him(some versions say crushed or trample)…verse 20 and the multitude came together, again, so that they could not so much as eat bread….verse 32 and the multitude sat around Him. 

Population Jerusalem  


At the time of Jesus, Jerusalem had an estimated population of 80,000 (Time Magazine). ... 10% of the total population of Israel),

I read other estimates of the population being around 200,000 to 500,000 Jews in Palestine and the number rises to close to 1 million if you take into account Romans, gentile and the Samaritans.   If just 2% came out to see Him it would be a vast amount of people.

Verses 9-10

And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. 

So we see this crowd was coming to be healed, but Jesus wants to teach them, He wants to share with them so he tells his disciples to have a small ship put him out into the water so that he might have a chance to share His heart. 

Question: How many times have we come to Jesus with our physical needs when what He wanted was to talk to us, teach us, and share with us? Jesus knew that for them to walk in divine health he needed to teach them. If we wanted our withered, broken circumstances to change we need to listen to the words of our Lord, and now days that means reading our Bible, going to church or Bible studies and just spending quite time with him, so the Holy Spirit can talk to you, not just us laying out our needs. 

Verse 11-12

And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. 

Again we have the testimony of the unclean spirits and Jesus charging them to hold their piece. Many may ask why, when what they were saying was true. Well, we will see one reason later on in this chapter when the scribes accuse Jesus of being the prince of the devils. Some have suggested it was the way in which the spirits said this truth. It is for sure they were not trying to honor Jesus for he was about to cast them out but they were trying to dishonor him even by speaking the truth; it certainly was not the truth in love. Jesus never desire titles, nor does He desire a witness whose life has not been changed.

Verse 13

And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

The scene changes and Jesus goes alone up to the mountain to pray. This is the night before He picks the twelve men that will become his companions, his disciples. The Luke version of this story tells us that Jesus prayed all night. Luke 6:12

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  

How much time do you spend in pray before you make important decisions?

Verse 14-15

And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 

From verse 14 we see what the call was on the life of the disciples. Some may say well it is to preach, heal the sick and cast out demons. And this is correct but they have missed the most important call.

THAT THEY SHOULD BE WIH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is what gave them to power to preach, the faith to heal and the power over devils.

This is why the first church was so powerful, why we see thousands saved at one time and multitudes healed. 

Can’t you hear John telling the story of the night when they were in the ship fighting the wind and the waves and suddenly they saw a man walking on the water, walking over the storm they were struggling with. Then crazy Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water…..

If he can deliver us out of that storm and cause Peter to walk on the water He can cause you to rise up and walk above the storms in your life. 

Can’t you hear the woman caught in adultery, surrounded by angry men, men that wanted to stone her. They thrust her at Jesus, but he just knelt down and began to write with his finger on the ground…..

Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? 

I replied No man, Lord and then he looked on me with such compassion and said;

Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.  

When He set me free from condemnation it did not give me an occasion to sin again but it gave me the power to go and sin no more!

Can’t you hear Peter when he says; Oh you should have seen him; John and James and I when up on the mount with him when suddenly his cloths began to shine exceeding white and his face did shine like the sun. Then we saw Moses and Elias appear out of heaven and talk with him…

Oh if you saw him in all of his glory no fear would grip your heart no mountain would be to hard to climb. 

Can’t you hear the centurion, I drove the nails in his hands, I help lift up the cross, but if you would have seen the love in his eyes, if you would have seen the mercy flowing down from the cross, as he hung there dying and in the last moments in his life…he does not pray for himself but he prays for ME..for the one who drove the spikes in his hand..and said

Father forgive them for they know not what they do

Do you want to know why the first church was so strong…Because they were with Him and amazingly enough we too can be with Him. He is here now, He is there in your room when you call out his name…He is here will you acknowledge his presence?

It is out of an intimate relationship with our Lord that we find persuasive words to draw other unto Him. That is preaching. That word “preach” actually means to herald, proclaim or publish. That is what we were talking about earlier it is to be a witness. The modern church has made most people believe that preaching is something only trained theologians can do but that is not it at all. It is to proclaim the good news of what Jesus has done in your life or can do in the life of others. But true preaching flows naturally from an intimate relationship with Jesus. Then out of that same relationship will flow the power to heal the sick and to cast out demons which we have seen is sometimes one in the same. 

I was sick...But God

My back was against the wall...But God

I was down and troubled...But God

That is preaching! That is what will change the hearts and lives of others. 

The Christian author Max Lucado once wrote: “There is something about a living testimony that gives us courage. Once we see someone else emerging from life’s dark tunnels we realize that we, too can overcome. 

Verse 16-19

And Simon he surnamed Peter; And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house. 

I want you to see something else. Jesus had the circle of his disciples but he also had an inner circle, three men that seemed to be even closer to Jesus then the other 9. We see Peter, James and John were the only disciples Jesus took with him in raising Jairus’ daughter. They were the only 3 on the mountain of transfiguration with Jesus. Mark 9:2 We also see Jesus call Peter, James and John to pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane

Mark 14:33

Now here in verse 16 we see that Jesus renames these 3 men. Simon he named Peter which means the rock and James and John the Sons of Thunder. As we look at the lives of these men we see how their relationship with their Lord changes their character to live up to their names. 

Remember we are to be new creatures with old things passed away and all things become new.

Peter was the acknowledged leader of the twelve and was the one who ultimately proved to be the rock, the steady one to whom the others looked for leadership and upon whom they relied for guidance, while James was the first of the apostles to be martyred and John was the last.

Verse 20-21

And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. 

Another new scene. Now we are going to see two very different reactions to the intensity of Jesus’ and the needs of all those He comes in contact with. And we will also see the response of Jesus to their concerns.


Friends literally, "those from beside him."  
They are concerned, really concerned. Look at what we just read. Jesus has thousands of people following him. The physical and emotional strain had to be tremendous. Remember what Jesus told the women with the issue of blood when she touched the hem of his garment. He said that virtue had gone out of him. Luke 8:44-46 
Then we saw how Jesus was awake a great while before day to pray and how he prayed all night before he choose his disciples and now we see that he does not even have time to eat. 

Skip down to verse 31-35

There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Here we see His family coming to Him while he is ministering and desiring that He come out of the house and speak with them. 

But Jesus does not and He makes the statement that shocks many readers even today. Jesus is not denying His mother or His brothers. No the point Jesus makes is the strongest bonds are not by natural blood no the strongest bonds are in the spirit. Jesus true mother, sister and brothers are those that are formed by doing the will of God. This should be encouraging to us today. 


Now we see the response to the scribes at the intensity of Jesus’ ministry. 

Verse 22

And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

The scribes feel he is beside himself alright and more than that they think he is possessed. They said he has Beelzebub literally which means “lord of the house”, but not the household of God but the house of darkness. 

Verse 23

And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parablesHow can Satan cast out Satan?

Jesus’ first response comes in the form of a question. 

How can Satan cast out Satan? If what I do opposes the kingdom of darkness how can I do it by the ruler of darkness? 

Verses 24-26

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 

Here Jesus reminds them of the name Beelzebub or lord of the house. If he is lord of the house and the house is divided it will not stand. 

You must remember the nature of Satan. He knows nothing of love or mercy; he would never let anyone go free if he did not have to. 

So if this is true something else must have happened. 

This statement also shows us the power of unity. To stand to be effective we must have unity in our church, unity in our homes, unity among husband and wife. 

Verse 27

No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

In this verse Jesus explains the spirit realm. There is an order of authority and if you are going to plunder the kingdom of darkness your authority must be greater than the darkness you are coming against. 

Remember the story in Acts 19:10-20

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

The authority was not their own. 


Let’s look at Verse 28-30

Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. 

Many people have trouble with this verse but if you look at the components it is not that hard. 

First we need to see who Jesus is addressing. Jesus is not talking to a gentile one who had no knowledge of God; neither is He talking to the unlearned. In verse 22 we see that Jesus is addressing the “scribes”. The scribes were copyists and interpreters of the Scriptures and laws of Israel, keepers of all records, and were the lawyers and schoolmasters and priests in Israel. Ezra who brought a great revival to Israel was a scribe. 

Nehemiah 8:1-9 

And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which Jehovah had commanded to Israel. 
 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 
 3 And he read therein before the broad place that was before the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women, and of those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 
And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose;…..

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto Jehovah your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  

So the men who Jesus was addressing had a knowledge of God, they should not have been ignorant to the nature of the Holy Spirit. 

Second we need to see that Jesus prefaces this warning with the fact that people can reject Him. Jesus says in verse 28: ALL SINS. 

Third look at the end of verse 29, it says those who blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but (now this statement seems to contradict the first) is in danger of eternal damnation. 

Literally what Jesus is saying is as long as you are rejecting the Holy Ghost, as long as you are attributing His works to the works of the devil you will never find forgiveness. Why?

Four What is the job of the Holy Spirit?

He has come to bear witness to me" (John 15:26), 
He came into the world "to convict men of sin," (John 16:8); "because they believe not on me," (John 16:9)

So to reject the Holy Spirit, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, is to reject the Spirit's witness of Christ.
Why does this bring unforgiveness? Because Jesus is the only way of forgiveness.  
It is belief in the spotlessness of Christ as our substitute that brings salvation. 

Do you remember what we learned in Ephesians about what brings life?

Ephesians 2:1

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 

Quickened-To give new life to by joining together. Comes from a combination of two Greek word s. The first word “soon” union- with or together (much closer than the common Greek word for together) the second word “dxo-op-oy-eh’-o” means to make alive. 

We are made alive by an impartation of God’s Spirit within us. When we accept the sacrifice of Jesus we are not just saved from our sin. We receive new life by God’s Spirit dwelling within us. 

This is why Paul has so urgently stressed the principle “In Christ.”

Next: Jesus goes on to say, they are in DANGER of eternal damnation. NOT they are condemned to but in danger of. THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO STATEMENTS. 

As long as you are rejecting the work of the Holy Spirit and attributing it to the work of Satan, you can not be saved. But the moment you "repent" turn around, change your thinking, the door of salvation is open.  

Verses 31-35

There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Now this verse returns back to the statement made in 3:21

It is widely believed that this group of mother, brethren was outside waiting to wisk Jesus away so He can rest. But Jesus was not buying; He was not going to give into their desire for Him. Jesus knew His time was limited and He was going to make the most of it. This story reminds me of the words Paul spoke in

 2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved….but be it so……

We see Jesus spending and being spent, pouring out his life unto death. Don't take his love for granted, don't take his grace for granted, don't be like those Paul talked about, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Enter into His love, his goodness, his grace for you. Love him, be with him, that is what the call is, it not into A ministry, it is into a relationship with the lover of you soul.