Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Mark 3

Yesterday we left with Jesus annoying the Pharisees about the whole Sabbath. Today that's where we start. Mark 3 begins with Jesus healing a guy on a Saturday. Which is wrong to do, apparently. Jesus, however disagreed and thought the Sabbath was the perfect time to do good works.

Jesus heals quite a few people, and preaches some more, and then appoints the twelve disciples. The crowds get so immense that they have no time to even sit down and eat, which worries Jesus' family. Jesus' family thought that he crazy, and wanted to tell him what they thought. When his family arrived (in the meantime Jesus was being berated by the Pharisees, once again), Jesus seems to dismiss them. He states that everyone who obeys God is his mothers, brothers and sisters. Imagine trying to write out that family tree.

Jesus' family tree in a pretty window

Jesus really knows what he's about and what he's there for. He doesn't compromise himself, not for the religious leaders and not for his family. We don't have any of that clarity, although I think the Bible provides it for us (Matthew 28:19-20, for example). Anyone who tries to prevent him fulfilling his purpose is quickly set straight.

Quick Questions

  1. What is your purpose?
  2. What did you think of Mark 3?
  3. Tenuous picture?

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