Mark Three

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Mark 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

Mark 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Mark 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

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.

Mark 3:5 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 other.

Mark 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

Herodians. This seems an odd alliance. The Herodians were political adherents to Herod and the Romans, normally hated by the religious Pharisees. But mutual enemies will often make common cause in opposition to Christ and Biblical Christianity.

Mark 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

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.

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.

Mark 3:10 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.

Mark 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

not make him known. These unclean spirits recognized Christ, even though His own friends thought He was mentally ill (Mark 3:21). Nevertheless, He did not want the spirits to identify Him openly. The Lord Jesus does not need nor desire any affirmation by His enemies, but only the witness of His own disciples. There is always a great temptation for Christians to seek acclaim or testimony from ungodly people of influence, but Christ Himself would have none of it.

Mark 3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

Mark 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

Mark 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;

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:

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.

Mark 3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

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.

beside himself. Despite His wonderful works of healing, and His strong Bible-centered preaching, His enemies accused Him of being in league with Beelzebub (i.e., Satan, Mark 3:22) and His friends thought He had lost His mind. Paul also was later accused by the Roman governor Festus of being mad (Acts 26:24). If the greatest preacher and even Christ Himself were accused of such things by the world, we must expect the same if we are faithful to His teachings (John 15:20).

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.

Beelzebub. This “prince of the devils” is Satan, of course, but the name apparently came originally from the name of a Philistine idol, Baalzebul, meaning “Lord Baal.” It appears that the Hebrews sarcastically changed this to Beelzebub, meaning “Lord of the flies.”

Mark 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

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.

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.

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:

Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

blaspheme. On the unforgivable sin, see on Matthew 12:32.

Mark 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Mark 3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.

his brethren. Mary had other children besides Jesus, so she could not have remained a perpetual virgin, but they did not yet believe in Him (John 7:5). Joseph was evidently dead by this time, so they were probably going to persuade Him, if they could, to come home with them. They may have been influenced by their friends in Nazareth to think He was “beside Himself” (Mark 3:21). On His mild rebuke, even to His mother, see note on Matthew 12:50.

Mark 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

Mark 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

Mark 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.