Mark 3:1 And he
entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a
He entered again
into the synagogue at
Matt. 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11.
The man had a withered hand which was dried up but he had two good feet
showing the proverb true: It is never so ill with us but it might be much
Mark 3:2 And they
watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might
The same critics who
had found fault with Him in the preceding
chapter have come to accuse Him. There was present a man whose right hand
was withered, and they watched in the Greek: maliciously watched to see
whether the Lord would heal him on the Sabbath so they might accuse Him of
breaking the law. These Doctors of the Law had been told 750 years before
that when the Messiah came He would heal as a sign of who He was.
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen
ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Isa 35:4 Say to them
that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God
will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence;
he will come and save you.
Isa 35:5 Then the eyes
of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isa 35:6 Then shall
the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in
the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Isa 35:7 And the
parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water:
in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with
reeds and rushes.
Isa 35:8 And an
highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of
holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for
those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9 No lion shall
be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be
found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isa 35:10 And the
ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and
sorrow and sighing shall flee away
Mark 3:3 And he
saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
He read their
thoughts and determined to do the good work. He would heal him on the
Sabbath; heal him in the synagogue, heal him before them all.
Mark 3:4 And he
saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil?
to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
Jesus makes a thrust
right at the heart of these Doctors of the Law and fault-finders. They
wanted to kill Him, they were harboring murderous thoughts; he was seeking
to save a life. Which was breaking the Sabbath?
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the
hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.
And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the
The most astonishing
miracles were lost upon a people who were determined to disbelieve every
good thing. Jesus had anger and righteous indignation because of the Greek:
hardness, callousness, deadness and blindness of their hearts; which was
shown by their fault finding, evil thoughts, and their silence to his
common sense questions. Since Jesus healed the man by the His spoken word
the Doctors of the Law could not say He was working on the Sabbath day.
Mark 3:6 And the
Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians
against him, how they might destroy him.
Already these groups
were resolved to destroy Jesus. They took counsel how it
might be done. Malice makes strange bed fellows. The Herodians were a sect
existing from the time of Herod the Great. Herod adopted Greek and Roman
culture, subjected himself and the Jews to the dominion of Romans in
opposition to cf: Deuteronomy 17:15 Thou shalt not set a king over
thee-which is not thy brother – a member of the 12 tribes. He also built
heathen temples set up images and joined in idolatrous worship. As they went
to the party of Herod, who ruled in
they probably sought to persuade them to have Herod put Jesus to death.
Mark 3:7 But Jesus
withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from
Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
himself to the sea of
Mark 3:8 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.
Idumæa was more
and was located Southeast of the
and south of the Dead Sea. That country was occupied by the descendants of
Esau. Herod the Great was, on his father's side, was an Idumæan.
Mark 3:9 And he
spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the
multitude, lest they should throng him.
A small fishing boat
not a ship. The Revised Standard Version correctly renders the Greek term by
the word boat.
For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch
him, as many as had plagues.
Mark 3:11 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.
Mark 3:13 And he
goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and
they came unto him.
The selection of the
apostles occurred before the Sermon on the Mount see
Mark 3:14 And he
ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them
forth to preach,
These disciples who
became Apostles were to attend Him in order to be specially prepared to
preach Christ to the whole world.
Mark 3:15 And to have
power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
Mark 3:16 And Simon
he surnamed Peter;
This He did
previously cf: John 1:42
And he brought him to
Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona:
thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Mark 3:17 And
James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he
surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
Why this title was
bestowed on James and John we are not told. The title was possibly from
their power as preachers or their desire to call down fire upon a village of
Samaria for their unbelief cf: Luke 9:54.
Mark 3:18 And Andrew,
and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son
of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
Mark 3:19 And Judas
Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
They went into a
house when they
Mark 3:20 And the
multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat
The multitudes were
so eager to hear, or be healed, and Jesus so ready to bless them, that there
was no time for meals.
Mark 3:21 And when
his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they
said, He is beside himself.
His friends were
friends and relatives. See verse
31. His brethren were not yet counted among his disciples. They
thought He was carried away by unwise enthusiasm.
Mark 3:22 And the
scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the
prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
12:22-37 and compare
Luke 11:14-23. The
men who were leaders in this effort to destroy the influence of Jesus were a
delegation from the very religious bodies at Jerusalem that finally sent him
to a death on the cross. They did not say this to Jesus face they said it
to the croud of people.
Mark 3:23 And he
called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan
cast out Satan?
Jesus confronts His
enemies to their face Matthew 18:15ff He does not speak behind their backs.
The Devil does not work against himself.
Mark 3:24 And if a
kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mark 3:25 And if a
house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mark 3:26 And if Satan
rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
A good cause will
produce a good effect an evil cause a evil effect.
Mark 3:27 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.
Satan is the Strong
Man and men through sin become the very house or dwelling place of Satan.
It is Jesus alone who can deliver from the power of this bondage.
Mark 3:28 Verily I
say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and
blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
Behold the grace and
mercy of God.
Mark 3:29 But he that
shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in
danger of eternal damnation:
Many have come to me
through the years fearing they have committed this sin. Some think it is:
adultery, cursing God, some divorce and remarriage, some think it is suicide
… but what it was the Doctors of the Law had done it …
The Hebrew of
Matthew’s account of this verse neither in this world or the world to come
is: O’lam ha bo which is, the world to come, or the Christian
dispensation to come.
Mark tells us exactly
what the sin is in V:30:
Mark 3:30 Because
they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
Because they said
he had an unclean spirit. This
was the sin against the Holy Spirit because Jesus did mighty works in the
power of the Holy Spirit, and they ascribed the power to an unclean spirit.
Therefore, the sin
of blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is to see Christ work a miracle, and ascribe
the power to the Devil, rather than the Holy Spirit of God. It is a sin
that we can not commit today.
Matthew 12:22-37 Then
was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he
healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. V:23 And
all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? V:24 But
when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not
cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. V:25 And Jesus
knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against
itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against
itself shall not stand: V:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided
against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? V:27 And if I by
Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?
therefore they shall be your judges. V:28 But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. V:29 Or else how
can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he
first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. V:30 He that
is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth
abroad. V:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall
be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven unto men. V:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against
the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the
Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in
the world to come. V:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit
good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is
known by his fruit. V:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being
evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh. V:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth
forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth
evil things. V:36
But I say unto you, That every idle
word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of
judgment. V:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned.
Mat 12:43-45 When the
unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking
rest, and findeth none.
fallen, corrupt spirit can have no rest, but in a polluted human heart. The
corruption of one is suited to the pollution of the other, and thus like
spirits cleave together.
V:44 Then he saith, I will return
into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it
empty, swept, and garnished.
Notice the stubborn possessiveness
of evil. Satan considers us his house and property. The empty heart is a
soul that has lost the power of goodness and has become idle or unemployed.
His affections and desires no longer are toward the things of God.
V:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with
himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and
dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Seven was a favorite number of the
Jews, implying completed or filled up. This generation of Jews grew worse
and worse until they were destroyed in 70 AD.
God told Cain cf:
Genesis 4:7 If
thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin
lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt
rule over him.
1Peter 5:8-9 Be sober,
be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith …
Mark 3:31 There
came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him,
Mar 3:32 And the
multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy
brethren without seek for thee.
Mar 3:33 And he
answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
Mar 3:34 And he looked
round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my
Mar 3:35 For
whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister,
Then came his
brethren and his mother. See
Matt. 12:46-50 and also compare Luke
8:19. The natural inference is that the "brethren" were the sons
of Mary and the half-brothers of Jesus. No other idea would ever have been
thought of had it not been that the doctrine of the perpetual virginity of
Mary arose some centuries after the apostles by the Catholic Church.