Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 3
Understanding the Scriptures
|Withered (v. 1)||Disabled, deformed, or shrunk|
|Grieved (v. 5)||Sad|
|Herodians (v. 6)||Jews who supported Rome, and Herod, the local governor, in particular|
|Wait on him (v. 9)||Be ready and available for him|
|Throng (v. 9)||Crowd, get uncomfortably close|
|Plagues (v. 10)||Sicknesses|
|Straitly charged (v. 12)||Strongly or firmly told|
|Lay hold on him (v. 21)||Take charge and watch over him|
|Beelzebub (v. 22)||Satan|
|Spoil (v. 27)||Steal|
|Blaspheme against the Holy Ghost (v. 29)||Wilfully deny Christ (see Bible Dictionary, “blasphemy,” second paragraph, p. 626)|
Studying the Scriptures
Do either activity A or B as you study Mark 3.
The Importance of Our Motives
The story told in Mark 3:1–6 gives us interesting insight into the minds of the Pharisees. As you study those verses, answer the following questions:
What were the Pharisees looking for when they watched Jesus? (see also the introduction to Matthew 12 in this study guide, p. 20).
From whom does the power come to heal?
What does this incident tell us about what is important to Jesus and what was important to the Pharisees?
What are some examples of things people do today on the Sabbath that follow the traditions of men rather than the inspiration of God?
The Family of Christ
In Mark 3:31–35 Jesus was not saying that His mother and family were not important. He was again focusing attention on the most important reasons for His coming to earth.