41-BSG-3 (Mark 3)

Bible Study Guide.
February 25, 2018
Mark 3
Code: 41-BSG-3

PRAYER: Father, we thank You for the Bible. We invite Your Spirit to teach us now. Guide and Bless, we pray. We thank You, and we come in Christ’s name, Amen.

Chapter Highlights
Characters: Jesus, Holy Spirit, Satan, Disciples, Man with the withered hand, Mary, Jesus’ brothers.
Key Words: Healing (Mark 3: 2, 10), Calling (Mark 3:13).
Strong Verses: Mark 3:28, 29, 35.

Summary of Main Points:
[1] A man with a withered hand healed (3:1-2)
[2] Controversy over Sabbath-healing (3:3-5)
[3] Pharisees counsel to destroy Jesus (3:6)
[4] A great crowd follows Jesus (3:7-12)
[5] Selection of the Twelve (3:13-19)
[6] Opposition of His Friends (3:20-21)
[7] Scribes commit the Unpardonable Sin (3:22-30)
[8] New relationships are defined (3:31-35)

Mark 3:1–5
Jesus Christ: Information About Him.

Here we see Christ’s authority is demonstrated by the miracle He performs – by healing a man with a withered hand (Mk 3:1-2). This incident, as many others in the gospels, proves His divine power; His control over the deficiencies of the body: lameness, paralysis, blindness, deafness, etc.

Secondly, Jesus demonstrates His lordship over the Sabbath by healing this man. This action provokes the Pharisees and their allies to plot against Him. Why did the Pharisees “watch Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him?” Because profaning the Sabbath was a capital offense (Exod 31:14–15; 35:2; Num 15:32–36).

“Upon another Sabbath, as Jesus entered a synagogue. He saw there a man who had a withered hand. The Pharisees watched Him, eager to see what He would do. The Saviour well knew that in healing on the Sabbath He would be regarded as a transgressor, but He did not hesitate to break down the wall of traditional requirements that barricaded the Sabbath.” (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p.286)

Mark 3:5
Life Principle #1: Jesus is grieved with our sins.
Jesus “looked around at them with anger:” Have you ever pictured Jesus Christ as angry? Do you know that He is grieved “by the hardness of our hearts?” As the perfect reflection of His heavenly Father, Jesus is both angered by sin and grieved by unrepentant hearts. He takes sin seriously.

“Hardness of their hearts:” This biblical idiom, (cf. Exod 4:21), indicating both stubbornness and opposition to God’s workings (Mark 2:6–8).

Life Principle #2: God is grieved with our sins and the hardness of our hearts.

(Read Gen 6:6. Jg 10:16. Ne 13:8. Ps 95:10. Is 63:9, 10. Lk 19:40-44. Ac 7:51. Ep 4:30. 1 Th 5:19. He 3:10, 17; Mk 6:52. 16:14. Is 6:9, 10. 42:18-20. 44:18-20. Mt 13:14, 15. Ro 11:7-10, 25. 2 Co 3:14. Ep 4:18)

Mark 3:6
Here we see how Pharisees plotted with the Herodians against Jesus, to destroy Him.

Who were the Herodians? A Jewish political party who generally supported Herod Antipas’ regime. Remember that Herod Antipas is the one who imprisoned John the Baptist merely on the suspicion that John, by drawing large crowds, might become the focus of some future uprising (Mark 6:14–29).

“Normally the Pharisees hated Herod and all that he stood for. The fact that they now sought the aid of their avowed enemies is evidence that they were beside themselves to find a means of silencing Jesus (Matt. 22:16). Perhaps the obdurate Pharisees hoped that Herod would be willing to imprison Jesus as he had John the Baptist a few months earlier (see on Matt. 4:12; Luke 3:20).” (SDA BC vol. 5)

Mark 3:7–10
Here we have another description of Christ’s ministry. He was famous, He was successful, many people followed and sought after Him, many crowds came unto Him.

Biblical Support:
(Mar 1:28; Mar 1:45; Mar 2:1–2; Mar 2:13; Mar 3:7–10; Mar 3:20–22; Mar 6:53–56; Mar 7:24–26; Mar 10:1; Luk 4:14–15; Luk 5:15; Luk 7:17; Luk 9:7–9; Joh 6:22–25

Mark 3:10
Here we see the compassion of Christ. “For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.”

The motif of Jesus healing by touch will become more prominent in the narratives that follow (Mk 5:25–34; 6:56; 7:32–37; 8:22–26; compare 1:40–45).

Mark 3:12
In v. 12 after Christ removed the unclean spirits, He “sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.” Why was that?

For first-century Jews, the Messiah was a political as well as a religious figure. Jesus’ desire to conceal His identity may have been motivated by a desire to avoid violent repercussions early in His ministry.

Mark 3:13–19: Selection of the Twelve

The Gospel of Mark records some significant details about the choosing the twelve disciples by Christ.
[1] The Place of the Choosing (Mark 3:13a)

[2] The Person doing the Choosing (Mark 3:13b)
It was not a church group or a committee that did the choosing. It was a Person Who, of course, was Christ.

[3] The sovereignty in the Person. “Called unto Him whom he would” (Mark 3:13). The choosing was according to the sovereign wishes of Christ.

[4] The submission to the Person. “They came unto him” (Mark 3:13). These men responded well to Christ’s call by coming to Him—this indicated their submission to His calling.

[5] The Purpose in the Choosing (Mark 3:14, 15)
Why did Christ choose these twelve? Many reasons can be given. Mark gives two fundamental reasons in this text.

The society purpose. “That they should be with him” (Mark 3:14). Christ desired their fellowship.
Life Principle #3: God desires our fellowship. In fact, He desires fellowship with us more than we desire fellowship with Him.

The service purpose. “That he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.” (Mark 3:14, 15)

[6] The People in the Choosing (Mark 3:15–19)
Four times in Scripture the list of these original disciples is given. Besides this text, Matthew 10:2–4; Luke 6:14–16, and Acts 1:13 also record the names of these disciples. The Acts text, of course, does not record Judas Iscariot, because he had by that time committed suicide.

The number of the people. “He ordained twelve” (Mark 3:14).
Twelve corresponds to the number of tribes of the Israelites and the association of the two is mentioned in such texts as Luke 22:30 where Christ said the disciples would be “judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

The names of the people. The twelve men who comprised the twelve disciples of Christ were (1) Peter, (2) Andrew, (3) James, (4) John, (5) Philip, (6) Bartholomew, (7) Thomas, (8) Matthew, (9) James the son of Alpheus, (10) Thaddeus who is called Lebbaeus in Matthew and Judas of James in Luke and Acts, (11) Simon the Canaanite, and (12) Judas Iscariot.

1. God’s Character.
2. Truth to believe/ practice
3. Sin to avoid/ confess
4. Attitude to cultivate
5. Commands to obey
6. Example to follow
7. Thanksgiving & Praise
8. Promises to claim.
9. The Gospel’s Voice.


[1] The compassion of God.
It repeated again and again that Christ “healed many.” (cf. Mk 1:34. Mt 12:15. 14:14)


[1] “You are the Son of God” (Mark 3:11).

Who is Jesus Christ?
“Christos is from chriō, a verb which means, “to rub,” “to massage,” “to anoint.” In the NT, Christ is said to be “anointed” (Luke 4:18; Acts 4:27; 10:38; Heb. 1:9). Used together, as in Matt. 1:18; 16:20; Mark 1:1; etc., the two names “Jesus” and “Christ” constitute a confession of faith in the union of the divine and human natures in one Person, of belief that Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary, Son of man, is indeed the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (see Acts 2:38; etc.). See Additional Note on John 1; see on Matt. 1:23; John 1:1–3, 14; Phil. 2:6–8; Col. 2:9.” (SDA BC 5/ Mt 1:1)

Here (in Mark 3:11) we see the confession of the demons. They had better theology than the religious critics. They knew Who Jesus Christ was. They knew He was God. Beloved, do we believe that Christ is the Son of God?

[2] Christ’s power in us.

Like the Twelve, Christ is calling us that we “might be with Him” and that “He might send us out to preach,” and to have “power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons”” (Mark 3:14–15, NKJV)

Healing: (Mk 16:18. Mt 10:1. Lk 9:6. Ac 3:7. 5:16. 9:34. 14:10. 16:18. 19:12. 28:8. 1 Co 12:9)
Casting out devils: (Mk 6:7. 9:38. 16:17. Mt 12:43-45. Lk 10:17. Ac 5:16. 8:7. 19:13-16)


[1] Blasphemy.

“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29, NKJV). “Whenever someone deliberately and disrespectfully slanders the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit in pointing to the Lordship and redemption of Jesus Christ, he completely negates and forfeits any possibility of present or future forgiveness of sins (see note on Matt. 12:31), because he has wholly rejected the only basis of God’s salvation.” (The MacArthur Study Bible/ Mark 3:29)


[1] Prayer: Christ’s prayer life.

“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.” (Luke 6:12–16, NKJV)

“Often Jesus devoted an entire night to prayer (see DA 419). Usually such instances mentioned by the various gospel writers preceded points of decision or crisis in the Saviour’s life or ministry (see on ch. 1:35). He sought meditation and prayer at the beginning of His ministry (see on Matt. 4:1). Prayer likewise marked the opening of His Galilean ministry and immediately preceded His first missionary tour through the towns and villages of Galilee (see on Mark 1:35). The night now spent in prayer preceded the ordination of the Twelve, the Sermon on the Mount, and the beginning of the Second Galilean Tour. Prayer is again specifically mentioned in connection with the great crisis in Galilee (see Matt. 14:22, 23; cf. John 6:15, 66). The same was true of the Transfiguration, when Jesus presented to three of His disciples the matter of His sufferings and death (Luke 9:28–31). The entire night following the Triumphal Entry He devoted to prayer (see DA 581). The longest recorded prayer of Jesus preceded His entrance to the Garden of Gethsemane (see John 17). And but hours before the crucifixion Jesus offered His most earnest, agonizing prayer in the garden (see Matt. 26:36–44).” (SDA BC 5/ Mark 3:13)


[1] And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” (Mark 3:13)
[2] He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” (Mark 3:5)


[1] A man with a withered hand’s faith
[2] Called to serve: The disciples


[1] Christ’s healing ministry then and now.
[2] Praise God for calling us, as did the disciples, to be heralds of the good news of salvation, following in the footsteps of our Lord, who Himself proclaimed the gospel of God.


“But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”” (Mark 3:33–35, NKJV)


(Listen to the Lord’s voice/ warning against Blasphemy, as we close)

“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—” (Mark 3:28–29, NKJV)

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