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Jesus Answers the Pharisees 18-28

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Jesus Answers in Regard to the Sabbath 23-28
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Accused again of doing “what is not lawful” according not to law but tradition

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Moses forbade work but did not give many specifics (Ex 20:10)

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Rabbis filled Judaism with elaborate rituals for the Sabbath

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Should Christians keep the Sabbath or are we free not to keep it?

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Jesus shows that human need surpasses the importance of religious ritual

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Ahimelech, not Abiathar, was the High Priest at the time (1 Sam 21:1-6)

Gospel of Mark NT352
Fall 2016
Jesus’ Early Ministry Part Three
“Jesus and the Pharisees” Mark 2:13-28

Gospel of Mark NT352
Fall 2016
CONTROVERSY AND OPPOSITION PART ONE
MARK 3:1-19

Jesus Heals a Withered Hand 1-6
◦ Jesus Enters the Synagogue 1-2
◦ It's Saturday (Sabbath) and AGAIN he is there to teach (Lk 6:1)
◦ They suspecting he would help the man from what they knew of Jesus
◦ These men were unaffected by Word and caught up with controversy

Jesus Heals a Withered Hand 1-6
◦Jesus Confronts Legalism 3-6
◦ He knew their thoughts (Luke 6:8) and will heal the man and teach them all
◦ Jesus looked at them with anger for their hardness of heart in this
◦ Legalism blinds us and grieves God - misuse of law
◦ Jesus gave impossible command to put forth his hand! What does this show us?
◦ The Pharisees conspired with the Herodians – why is this unusual on their part?

Jesus Calls the Twelve 7-19
◦ Jesus Withdraws with his Disciples 7-12
◦ Jesus looks out for his disciples as a good leader and the Good Shepherd
◦ Those with unclean spirits fell before and proclaimed him the “Son of God”

GALILEAN
FISHING BOAT
Remains of the
first-century boat
recently discovered
near Gennesaret.

Jesus Calls the Twelve 7-19
◦ Jesus Goes up to the Mountain 13-19
◦ The Mountain = Special and secret place for Jesus
◦ The Twelve = Jesus desired those He called - WOW!
◦ The Relationship = 1st in priority and purpose
◦ The Message = We have a message once we have “been” with Jesus
◦ The Ministry = In the valley after the mountain

Gospel of Mark NT352
Fall 2016
CONTROVERSY AND OPPOSITION PART ONE
MARK 3:1-19

Gospel of Mark NT352
Fall 2016
CONTROVERSY AND OPPOSITION PART TWO
MARK 3:20-35

Jesus Draws Controversy and 

Opposition 20-22
◦ Jesus’ Family thought He was out of His Mind 20-21
◦ The multitude found Jesus at “the house” (v.19 in NKJV)
◦ Jesus’ own family thought His zeal was insanity
◦ The misunderstanding of Jesus’ family bolsters the Scriptures

Jesus Draws Controversy and 

Opposition 20-22
◦ The Scribes from Jerusalem said He was Possessed 22
◦ From the Scribes’ accusation we can conclude what was taking place with Jesus
◦ Beelzebub -‫ = ּבַעַל זְבּול‬Ba’al Zebul (lord of filth and hostile spirits)

Jesus Confronts Controversy and
Opposition 23-30
◦ Jesus on the Strong Man 23-27
◦ Parables make think – they were not being rational yet they were Scribes
◦ Parables are vehicles for a lesson not to be a strict doctrine – what’s this lesson?

Jesus Confronts Controversy and
Opposition 23-30
◦ Jesus on Blasphemy 28-30
◦ Truly I say to you = an introduction with severity for importance of his words
◦ Blasphemy = generally speech, thought, or action manifesting contempt for God
◦ Jesus had been accused of blasphemy on other occasions in various contexts
◦ When he forgave sins of paralytic (Mk 2:7)
◦ When he testified that He was Son of God (Mk 14:62-65)
◦ When he claimed oneness with the Father’s essence - thus divinity (Jn 10:33)

◦ What can’t be forgiven if one confesses and repents - is this to insult the Spirit?
◦ They had not yet committed this sin but were warned because they were close

Jesus and the Family of God
v.v.31-35
◦ Jesus Regarding His Mother and Brothers 31-35
◦ Earlier his family wanted to take him away for fear he was out of his mind! v.21
◦ The bond in God’s family often is deeper than biological family if without Christ
◦ This reveals two important aspects regarding Mary, the mother of Jesus

Gospel of Mark NT352
Fall 2016
CONTROVERSY AND OPPOSITION PART TWO
MARK 3:20-35