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Pastors Jim and Marie Watt

Two Are Better Than One

(From: MARK #5 - 3:7-35)


H. 3:7-19a MULTITUDES HEALED: ENLARGEMENT OF MINISTRY PLANNED

1. 3:7-12 MULTITUDES HEALED

a. 3:7-8 MULTITUDES FOLLOW JESUS

Kai ho IeSOUS meTA ton ma-theTON auTOU a-neCHOre-sen [402]pros ten THAlas-san:

And :Jesus with his :disciples withdrew unto the sea:

kai poLU PLEthos aPO tes Ga-liLAIas e-koLOUthe-sen; kai aPO tes IouDAIas,

and a great multitude from :Galilee followed; and from :Judea,

kai aPO Ie-ro-soLUmon, kai aPO tes I-douMAIas, kai PEran tou IorDAnou,

8and from Jerusalem, and from :Idumea, and beyond the Jordan,

kai peRI TUron kai SiDOna, PLEthos poLU, aKOUon-tes HOsa poiEI, ELthan pros auTON.

and about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing what great thingshe did, came unto him.


b. 3:9-10 THE SICK AND NEEDY CROWD UPON HIM

kai EIpen tois ma-theTAIS auTOU, HIna ploiAri-on [4142]pro-skar-teRE auTO

And he spoke to his disciples, that a little boat wait on him

diA ton OCHlon, HIna meTHLIbo-sin [2346]auTON:

because of the crowd, lest they throng him:

polLOUS gar e-theRApeu-sen [2323]; HOste e-piPIPtein auTO

10for he had healed many; so that as many as had scourges

HIna auTOU HApson-tai [680]HOsoi EIchon MAsti-gas [3148].

pressed upon him that they might touch him.


c. 3:11 UNCLEAN SPIRITS REGULARLY RECOGNIZE HIM

kai ta PNEUma-ta ta aKAthar-ta, HOtan auTON e-theOroun,

And the unclean :spirits, whenever they beheld him,

proSEpip-ton auTO, kai Ekra-zon, LEgon-ta [HOti], Su ei ho huiOS tou TheOU.

fell down before him, and cried, saying, You are the Son of :God.


d. 3:12 And he charged them much that they should not make him manifest.

kai polLA e-peTIma [2008]auTOIS HIna auTON pha-neRON [5318]poiEso-sin.


2. 3:13-19a THE TWELVE ORDAINED

a. 3:13 JESUS CALLS SELECT ONES TO HIM

Kai a-naBAInei eis to Oros, kai pro-skaLEItai hous

And he goes up into the mountain, and calls unto him

Ethe-len auTOS; kai aPELthon pros auTON.

whom he himself would; and they went away unto him.


b. 3:14-19a TWELVE APOSTLES CHOSEN FROM AMONG MANY DISCIPLES

kai ePOIe-sen DOde-ka hous kai a-poSTOlous [652] oNOma-sen,

And he appointed twelve whom he also name apostles,

HIna Osin met' auTOU, kai HIna a-poSTELle auTOUS keRUSsein [2784],

that they be with him, and that he send them forth to preach,

kai Echein e-xouSIan ekBALlein ta daiMOni-a: kai ePOIe-sen tous DOde-ka

15and to have authority to cast out :demons: and he appointed the twelve

(kai ePEtheken Ono-ma to SImo-ni) PEtron,

16(and surnamed :Simon) Peter,

kai IAko-bon ton tou Ze-beDAIou, kai IoAnen ton a-delPHON tou IaKObou

17 and James the sonof :Zebedee, and John the brother of :James

(kai ePEtheken auTOIS Ono-ma Bo-a-nerGES, HO es-tin, HuiOI bronTES [1027]):

(and surnamed them Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder):

kai AnDREan, kai PHIlip-pon, kai Bar-tho-loMAIon, kai MathTHAIon,

18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew,

kai ThoMAN, kai IAko-bon, ton tou HalPHAou,

and Thomas, and James, the sonof :Alphaeus,

kai ThadDAIon kai SImo-na ton Ka-naNAIon,

and Thaddaeus and Simon the Cananaean,

kai IOUdan Is-ka-riOTh, hos kai paREdo-ken [3860] auTON.

19a and Judas Iscariot, who also delivered him up.


I. 3:19b-35 OPPOSITION BRINGS FORTH NEW PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM

1. 3:19b-30 BOTH FRIENDS AND PHARISEES MALIGN JESUS

a. 3:19b And he comes into a house. Kai ERche-tai eis OIkon.


b. 3:20 And the crowd comes together again, so that they could not even eat bread.

kai suNERche-tai PAlin ho OCHlos, HOste me DUnas-thai auTOUS meDE ARton phaGEIN.


c. 3:21 CONCERN OF JESUS' FRIENDS

kai aKOUsan-tes hoi par' auTOU, eXELthon kraTEsai [2902] auTON:

And when :his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him:

Ele-gon gar HOti eXEste [1839].

for they said that he is beside himself.


d. 3:22 THE SERIOUS CHARGE OF THE SCRIBES

kai hoi gram-maTEIS hoi aPO Ie-ro-soLUmon ka-taBANtes Ele-gon HOti Be-el-zeBOUL [954] Echei,

And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem were saying that he has Beelzebul,

kai HOti en to ARchon-ti [758] ton dai-moNIon ekBALlei ta daiMOni-a.

and that by the prince of the demons he casts out the demons.


e. 3:23 AN EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAR COUNTER-CHARGE

kai pro-ska-leSAme-nos auTOUS, en pa-ra-boLAIS [3850] Ele-gen auTOIS,

And he called them unto him, and said to them in parables,

Pos DUna-tai Sa-taNAS [4567] Sa-taNAN ekBALlein?

How can Satan cast out Satan?


f. 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that :kingdom cannot stand.

kai eAN ba-siLEIa eph' he-auTEN me-risTHE [3307], ou DUna-tai staTHEnai he ba-siLEIa eKEIne.


g. 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that :house will not be able to stand.

kai eAN oiKIa eph' he-auTEN me-risTHE, ou duNEse-tai he oiKIa eKEIne STEnai.


h. 3:26 And if :Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.

kai ei ho Sa-taNAS aNEste eph' he-auTON, kai e-meRISthe, ou DUna-tai STEnai, alLA TElos [5056] Echei.


i. 3:27 WHAT IT TRULY TAKES TO DEFEAT SATAN

all' ou DUna-tai ouDEIS eis ten oiKIan tou i-schuROU [2478] ei-selTHON,

But no one can enter into the house of the strong,

ta SKEUe auTOU di-arPAsai, eAN me PROton ton iSCHUron DEse, kai TOte ten oiKIan auTOU di-arPAsei.

andspoil his goods, except he first bind the strong, and then he will spoil his :house.


j. 3d:28-30 THE EXTREMELY SERIOUS CHARGE OF JESUS AGAINST THE SCRIBES

aMEN LEgo huMIN, [HO-ti] PANta a-pheTHEse-tai [863]

Amen I say unto you, [that] All thingsshall be forgiven

tois huiOIS ton anTHROpon, ta ha-marTEma-ta kai hai blas-pheMIai [988]

unto the sons of :men, the sins and the blasphemies

HOsa eAN blas-pheMEso-sin [987]:

withwhatever they shall blaspheme:

hos d' 'AN blas-pheMEse eis to PNEUma to HAgi-on ouk Echei Aphe-sin [859] eis ton aiOna,

29but whoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has not forgiveness unto the age,

alLA EnoCHOS es-tin ai-oNIou ha-marTEma-tos: HOti Ele-gon, PNEUma aKAthar-ton [169] Echei.

but is guilty of an eternal sin: 30because they were saying, He has an unclean spirit.


2. 3:31-35 NEW STANDARD OF RELATIONSHIP

a. 3:31 THE RELATIVES OF JESUS

Kai ERchon-tai he MEter auTOU kai hoi a-delPHOI auTOU;

And his :mother and his :brethren come;

kai, Exo STEkon-tes, aPEstei-lan pros auTON, kaLOUNtes auTON.

and standing without, sent unto him, calling him.


b. 3:32 JESUS INFORMED OF THEIR DESIRE

kai eKAthe-to peRI auTON OCHlos; kai LEgou-sin auTO,

And a crowd was sitting about him; and they say to him,

I-DOU, he MEter sou kai hoi a-delPHOI sou Exo zeTOU-SIN [2272] se.

Lo, your :mother and your :brethren without seek foryou.


c. 3:33 And he answered them, andsays, Who is my :mother and my :brethren?

kai a-po-kriTHEIS auTOIS, LEgei, TIS es-tin he MEter mou kai hoi a-delPHOI?


d. 3:34-35 TRUE DISCIPLES AND JESUS' TRUE RELATIVES

kai pe-ri-blePSAme-nos [4017] tous peRI auTON KUKlo [2945] ka-theMEnous,

And looking round on them that sat round him in a circle,

LEgei, Ide, he MEter mou kai hoi a-delPHOI mou! hos an poiEse to THEle-ma tou TheOU,

he says, See, :my mother and my :brethren! 35whoever shall do the will of :God,

HOUtos a-delPHOS mou kai a-delPHE kai MEter esTIN.

the same is my brother and sister and mother.


NOTE: 3:11-12 - What Jesus did here in shutting up the unclean spirits, Paul did the same thing in Acts 16:16-18, when he and Silas had a maid with a spirit of divination testifying as to who they were. The two passages are parallel.


3:13-19a - Notice that from among manydisciples, Jesus chose twelve and appointed them as apostles. Besides these twelve, twelve more as apostles are mentioned in the NT, but distinct from the original 12, who had to be with Jesus during his three years of ministry, and be witnesses of His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Paul and Barnabas are but two of these extra twelve. Jesus gave the original twelve special authority to do the same things He did!


3:19b-30 - It was not just Jesus' relatives who thought He had lost His mind. It was close friends also, who were disturbed by both His teaching and the confirmation to His Word with signs following (Mark 16:17-20). On top of the extreme concern of some of His friends, scribes from Jerusalem came - claiming that by Satan (Beelzebub) Jesus cast out demons. In Matthew Jesus' answer is very clear in some details not recorded in Mark; but here in Mark, Jesus by parable makes it exceptionally clear to these scribes that they are skating on very thin ice. Whether they heard the warning or not, they would have no excuse at the coming time of the Great White Throne Judgment. God told Ezekiel, that whether Israel heard, or whether they rejected the Word - they musthear, so that they would be without excuse at Judgment Day! It is important to understand God's position in both these cases. Ezekiel was told that he would have no convertsfrom his preaching. How discouraging thatmust have been! But Godwould be vindicated on Judgment Day, for Israel could notsay that they had not been warned. All through this prophetic book, God tells the prophet for his own sake, that he mustgive clear warning, and so deliver his own soul, as well as the Name of God! A prophet often has a most unthankful calling!


3:31-35 - Finally, Jesus sets straight for His hearers, that true disciples in His estimation, transcend the importance of all blood relationships. Do webelieve this? Do welive out this truth? Disciples must leave parents in the manner of Jesus first four disciples! His own mother Mary at this time was nota true disciple of her Son after the flesh! Honor Mary? yes - but in the line of Jesus' words and what Scripture says - notwhat part of the church teaches as tradition, which is without Scripture warranty!


Jesus did notobey Mary's request in turning water into wine. It was nottill His Father bade Him do so, that He performed His first miracle. Don't be misled by the traditions of man or church! Be committed to God and His Word first and foremost - and at all times. “To the law (teaching) and to the testimony! if they speak notaccording to this word, surelythere is no morning for them.” (Isaiah 8:20) And we must remember that according to Hebrews 8:6, God here clearly states that He has made the New Covenant one with the Old Covenant, as having a unified authority for all believers.“But now has he (Jesus) obtained a ministry the more superior, by so much as he is also mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises.” By this word “enacted”, God is stating that the New Covenant, a bettercovenant, has been sealed by God with the same authority in which He first gave the Old Covenant, though in importance, now superceded by the New. J.A.W.