February 18th 2018 Mark 3:7-30

7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea 8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.

This people from the surrounding region did not come because they liked what He had to say. They were coming because they liked what He could do them from them. Jesus will ministry to us regardless of what it is that we have going on. He will speak to us whether we are coming to Him to get to know Him better or coming to Him to receive something. Let’s work on relationship with God and not just simply what we can get.

9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.

Jesus was not denying the multitudes. It is true that some were plotting to take His life. The boats could have been made ready so that when we needed an escape one was there waiting for Him. It is more likely though that with the crowds that followed Him simply walking through the cities He would not get very far with His message. The boat is most likely there so that when it was time to move onto the next crowd to preach to the group He could make an easy passageway there.

10 For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.

All those people from all the surrounding areas, that would have been a big crowd. They were not looking to hear what Jesus had to say, at least not most of them. Most where there hoping to touch Him and have Him heal their afflictions.

11 And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

He is still in the business of casting out demons and healing the people of their afflictions. He still is warning these evil spirits to not disclose who He really is. He has ministry on earth in His physical body still left to do. No matter what is going on, how big the crowd is, or what is happening to Him personally our Lord is always ready and willing to serve others. He meets us right where we are at with the power and the want to help us. As we serve each other that is where we need to be as well knowing that we get all that we need from Him alone and He always fills us back up so we are now free to serve others without worry of our needs.

13 And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.

He calls us to himself. God comes to save us all, but their are ones of us that He calls deeper than that. He calls us to walk closely by His side. The ones He wanted came to Him because God has been and will continue to look throughout the earth for those who will be faithful to Him. when Jesus goes up onto the mountain it is nearly always to pray and seek God on some things. I believe this is the case before he choose these pepole.

14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: 16 Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite;

19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

Jesus speaks to the multitudes and lays out His message of redemption and repentance. From there though He calls some to Himself that will follow Him. Then He does something to important for the ministry on earth to continue. He calls 12 specific men that He is going to train up so that they can continue the ministry of preaching the good news and good deeds. These 12 had various backgrounds and personalities. And even though they were all going to travel with Jesus for the next few years their ends would differ. Some would be the ones that preached the good news to the multitudes and hav many saved in a day. One would be the one that betrayed Jesus and end up killing himself over the remorse. One would be the first martyr. In fact 10 of the 12 would be martyred at varying times and in varying ways. Only one would live to old age and die a natural death, although there were many attempts to murder him and many things done to him. Jesus picked this group to train up and have be the ones He would hand the ministry over to once He died. Those of us who are not in leadership yet, are you seeking a closer relationship? Are you seeking to be trained in leadership in some way? Those of us who are in leadership are we following Jesus’ example? Are we prayerfully seeking and training people that could continue to spread the good news once our time is up? That is the ministry that we are all in, being trained up to preach and also to train up others.

20 Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

The multitudes are always there.  They are big and time consuming. That is the idea expressed in the expression so they could not as much eat bread. The crowds were big and pressed in close to them, but they were also big and did not give them the space of time to stop and eat. As we continue to study Jesus’ earthly ministry we find that these crowds are a mixed group of people. There are some who hear what Jesus is teaching and believe it is true. There are those that just want a miracle from Him. there are those that just want to be part of the commotion. And there are sadly those waiting and listen, hoping He will say something or do something that allows them to bring a charge against Him that will stick. Notice it does not matter to Jesus, He ministers to them all.

21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.”

Sadly this is often the case. Those closest to us often do not get it. This was literally His own family that thought He had gone insane. They went out to stop Him.

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”

The religious leaders, the scribes specifically, did not like Jesus and wanted people to not pay attention to Him. As we will see in Jesus’ response this claim of Him casting out demons by demons is absolutely ridiculous.

23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

If satan were at war with himself his kingdom would be weakened and would fall. Satan is not trying to make himself lesser but greater. That has always been satans MO. That is why he fell from heaven, he wanted to become like God. Look up Isaiah 14:12-14. Satan would not start a war against himself. Jesus is plainly saying I do not work for satan but for Creator God.

27 No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

This was said in response to the accusation of Him being in league with satan. He is saying I am indeed not in league with him because he is a strong man. Satan is not currently bound. He has free roam to influence and mess with this world. Satan is not tied up and therefore in order for Jesus to cast out demons He must be stronger than satan. And He is. The devil is not Jesus’ direct opposite like some of us have been taught. There power is nowhere near each others. Satan is no match for Christ! Christ wins every time!

28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

All sins can be forgiven you. There is not a single thing we do that is outside of the reach of God. In order for us to be forgiven and to walk in that forgiveness we must want that forgiveness and choice repentance. The unforgivable sin is unforgivable, not because God cannot reach it, but because a person in that mindset would not turn to Christ. The unforgivable sin is the one that says Jesus is of satan, the one that denies His lordship. It is the condition of that person’s hardened heart that would not have them turn to Christ that makes their action unforgivable.

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