|Mark 3 |
1 Again he entered into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had a withered hand.
2 And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, so they might accuse him.
3 Then he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Stand forward."
4 And he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days or to do evil? To save life or to kill? But they held their peace."
5 When he had looked around them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts,1 he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
6 Then the Pharisees went out, and immediately plotted against him with the Herodians, how they might destroy him.
7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, and Judea,
8 And from Jerusalem, and Idumaea, and from beyond the Jordan, and those from Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude came to him when they had heard what great things he had done.
9 So he told his disciples that a small boat should be ready for him because of the multitude, otherwise they would crush him.
10 For he had healed so many that those who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.
11 Unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him and cried, saying, "You are the Son of God."
12 And he strictly charged those that they should not make him known.
13 Now he went up into a mountain, and called to him those whom he chose, and they came to him.
14 And he appointed twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them out to preach,
15 And to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.
16 Simon whom he surnamed Peter;
17 James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which means, "The Sons of Thunder;"
18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
19 And Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then they went into a house.
20 But the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat.
21 And when his kinsmen heard of it, they went out to lay hold of him, for they said, "He is beside himself."
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub, and by the prince of the demons he casts out demons."
23 Then he called them to him 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 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rises up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; and then he may plunder his house.
28 Truly I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;
29 But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit shall never have forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."
30 Because they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
31 Then his brothers and his mother came, and standing outside, they sent to him, calling for him.
32 And the multitude sat around him, and they said to him, "Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside seeking you."
33 And he answered them, saying, "Who is my mother or my brothers?"
34 Then he looked at those who sat around him and said, "Behold my mother and my brothers!
35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and my mother!"2 [The will of God is done when God orders and controls all your thoughts, words, and deeds; which occurs after persistently and patiently waiting on Him in humble silence to hear and completely obey Him whose word is in your heart to be heard and obeyed. The first commands from God are repentance, which if obeyed lead to Him destroying sin within you. From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Hear and live; the Spirit gives life with every word heard."]
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1 When he had looked around them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts.The "anger" that is described to Jesus is not the natural anger of man because the natural anger of man cannot coexist with being grieved over the hardness of their hearts. Any anger that the Lord felt was a godly anger, different than a man's anger; he can be furious at our sins but still have compassion for us, His creation. So do not allow this verse to cancel the Lord's clear warning to us:
You have heard that it was said to them of old, 'You shall not kill, and whoever kills shall be in danger of the judgment.'
But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother will be subjected to judgment. Mat 5:21-22
Notice that the Lord has just likened anger to murder, and in fact when you are angry with someone, in your heart you have murdered them; just like later in that chapter's verses, He explains that looking at a woman with lust is committing adultery in your heart. John gives us further evidence that anger is murder in your heart: Whoever hates his brother has committed murder [in his heart], and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 1 John 3:15.
Both anger and lust are sins from within the heart that only the Lord can remove, but we must go to him, and must wait on him — listening and watching in humble silence with need of the grace of his heart-and-soul-purifying power. For our hearts to become pure of sin, we must patiently and persistently wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey.
The Lord judges; we are forbidden to judge. The Lord exacts vengeance; we are forbidden to do so. The Lord kills and makes alive; we are forbidden to take life. The Lord has his godly anger, (in combination with grief and sorrow), against men who are religious hypocrites, still sinning; we are forbidden to be angry with anyone.
There is no excuse for anger; it is part of the beastly nature in man. The Lord is our proof. As he was crucified, he prayed for the Father to forgive those who were crucifying him for they didn't know what they were doing. He is the ultimate example. There is no greater injustice than for his own people to have crucified him, when he had healed entire cities of every sickness and disability, raised the dead, restored the sight of the blind, and spoke nothing but truth; yet as he was in unimaginable pain and dying, he prayed for their forgiveness. Now, if there ever was a justification for anger, this horrible crucifixion of the most humble man to walk the earth, had to be the one; yet the Lord did not get angry. So, by his monumental forgiveness of those who murdered him, we know there is never justification for us holding onto anger. He was sorrowful, with sorrow almost to death, knowing what would happen to him. And his reaction was sorrow at the colossal injustices he suffered, but not anger; sorrow, not for himself, but sorrow for how wrong his errant children were.
There are many who justify their anger saying: "the Lord got angry when he drove the moneychangers out of the temple." My reply is: "no, he was not angry like a man gets angry; he was under perfect control and knew exactly what he was doing, for he said he never judged anything himself because he only judged as he heard the Father's judgments; further he only said what he heard the father tell him to say, and only did exactly what the Father instructed him to do. John 12:49-50, 5:19,30, 14:31" Anger is a judgment that we make ourselves, and when we judge someone else critically, we suffer the same judgment: Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Col 3:8. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Eph 4:31. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Mat 6:14-15. The anger of man does not lead to the righteousness of God. James 1:20.
See the page on Forgiving Others is Critical for suggestions on how to give up anger.
2 Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother, sister, and mother. So what do you think "doing the will of God" is? Every time you say the Lord's prayer, you say "thy will be done, on earth as in heaven." How do you think the God's will is done in heaven? Do you think everyone is walking around doing their own thing? Do you think everyone is walking however they see fit? Do you think there are 45,000 different opinions in heaven as to how to please God, (as there are an estimated 45,0000 sects of Christendom on the earth)?
That doesn't sound like heaven to me; it sounds like the capitol of Hell, chaos.
Here is what Jesus told those who thought they were Christians, and whom he said he would reject at judgment:
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but [only] he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name,
cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them,‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Mat 7:21-23
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4
Jesus replied,"I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34
And how is one to do the will of the Father, thus to go to heaven?
Then there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One or My Beloved; listen to and yield to and obey Him!” Luke 9:35.
And how do you hear Jesus speaking to you?
You must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace.
You must listen, hear, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21.
So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation.
You must abide in him. Now little children abide in him, so that when he appears you may have confidence in him. 1 John 2:28.
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