Sunday Sermon Notes: July 15, 2018

Title: Sabbath, Controversy and More Followers

Text: Mark 3:1-20

Mark 3:1-6

Parallel Texts: Matthew 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11

After the scene in the last section where Jesus announces that He is the Lord of the Sabbath, Mark recounts another Sabbath scene, this time in a synagogue, where Jesus heals a man with an injured hand. It seems that there were some present who were interested in causing problems, and Jesus, no doubt being aware of this, asked the injured man to step forward:

Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

Mark 3:4

I’m guessing they also remained hopeful…

Jesus healed the man.  Mark tells us in verse 5 that Jesus was angry and distressed at the hard hearts of those who sought an excuse to act against Him… and afterwards, they began to plot to kill Him. Mark tells us that the group consisted of Pharisees and Herodians, who were of the party of Herod, the Vassal king of Judea, son of the guy who slaughtered the infants in Bethlehem.

Mark 3:7-12

Parallel Text: Matthew 12:13-21

With the plot to kill Him underway, Jesus and His disciples go to the Sea of Galilee, followed by ever-growing crowds of people. Many, maybe hundreds pushed to be close to Him, hoping to be healed, and security became an issue with the pressing of bodies and precautions had to be taken, so great was the rush of the crowds.

People possessed by impure spirits became a problem, as the spirits within them cried out that He was the Son of God, and Jesus silenced them. Can it be any wonder that both the Pharisees and Herodians wanted Jesus out of the way? Neither Herod nor his partisans wanted him deposed and replaced by a legitimate king. The Pharisees, pose another interesting question for us to consider.

It has long been my view, that the Pharisees, of all people should have known exactly who and what they were dealing with in Jesus of Nazareth. As I’ve mentioned before, they knew the prophecies and they knew the timing; they saw the prophecies playing out with Jesus, and though it may sound odd to point this out, they not only had the testimony of John, but that of the impure spirits regarding His identity.

It seems apparent to me, however, that they did not see the Messiah they wanted in Jesus, for they could care less about redemption, they wanted power. Jesus was not the king who would defeat the Romans and rule a powerful and influential Israel with the Pharisees being the center of Jewish life. No sir, they saw a Kingdom that was not an earthly one developing before them, one that would undermine their position instead of strengthening it, so it had to be stopped at all costs.

We all might be well advised to carefully consider what lessons God has for us today in all of this…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to Sunday Sermon Notes: July 15, 2018

  1. Tim McGee says:

    Do we then, also not see the Messiah we want in Jesus. We want the peace, we crave the love, we live in the forgiveness. But we want the prosperity and promise. Now. And when we aren’t satisfied in our earthly way, we stray from the Word and look for an alternate Messiah in the prosperity and promises of the world.
    Jesus is contrary to worldly ways. Jesus is a revolutionary, but not in the political sense. If we manage, even for a short time, to be all in on his message, what a ride we’ll encounter! Not what’s expected … but better!

  2. “they knew the prophecies and they knew the timing; they saw the prophecies playing out with Jesus, ” — Just a thought; who says history doesn’t repeat itself. Look at the religious leaders of today, look at the prophecies and the timing they should know about Jesus! Is it any wonder many of us cry out, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” It is looking to be sooner rather than later, indeed!

  3. It just occurred to me why he told the demons to stop saying who he was. The demons were hoping, after they announced it, his enemies would kill him. Hmmm…

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