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Mark 3:1–35

Controversy Over Sabbath-Healing

Matt 12:9–13; Luke 6:6–10

3 And aHe entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they bwatched Him closely, whether He would cheal him on the Sabbath, so that they might 1accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, 2 Step forward.” Then He said to them, Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the dhardness of their hearts, He said to the man, Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored 3as whole as the other.

Pharisees Counsel to Destroy Jesus

Matt. 12:14–16; Luke 6:11

eThen the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with fthe Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, gand from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how hmany things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. 10 For He healed imany, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to jtouch Him. 11 kAnd the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, l“You are the Son of God.” 12 But mHe sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

Selection of the Twelve

Luke 6:12–16

13 nAnd He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, 4that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, 15 and to have 5power 6to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: 16 7Simon, oto whom He gave the name Peter; 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite; 19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

Opposition of His Friends

20 Then the multitude came together again, pso that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His qown people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, rfor they said, “He is out of His mind.”

Scribes Commit the Unpardonable Sin

Matt. 12:24–32; Luke 11:17–23

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, s“He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the truler of the demons He casts out demons.”

23 uSo He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 vNo one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

28 wAssuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation30 because they xsaid, “He has an unclean spirit.”

New Relationships are Defined

Matt. 12:46–50; Luke 8:19–21

31 yThen His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers 8are outside seeking You.”

33 But He answered them, saying, Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the zwill of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

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