Mark 3

For the full text of Mark 3, click here.

Chapter three begins with a healing on the Sabbath. The Pharisees are all irritated by it and trying to call Him out about healing and therefore working on the Sabbath but Jesus isn’t having it. The part that caught my attention was when He “grieved at their hardness of heart”. This comes right after eating the grain in chapter 2. They attempt to enlist the Herodians in their conspiracy against Jesus at this point. There isn’t much on who the Herodians were and no one seems to agree on their aims, but they are mentioned here as a group of Jews that may or may not be on Jesus’s side at this point. This account is similar but not the same as the passage in Matthew 12.

It seems that the crowds get a little overwhelming at this point. Jesus “withdrew with his disciples to the sea” in vs 7 which is a sentiment also following the Matthew account. Here, there is a bit more information about His family coming to see Him. In Matthew, it comes across that they didn’t know why the family was there and Jesus makes it sound like the disciples are more His family than Mary and His brothers. In Mark 3:21, we see that His family was concerned after hearing that so many people were following Him and looking for healing that they couldn’t even all be fed.

This is one of those places where the order of things is a little off, but the Bible is compiled of second and third person accounts of the life of Jesus and I don’t personally find it unreasonable to think that maybe some people got the order of things mixed up in different ways. Mark has twelve disciples turning into apostles between the crowds becoming overwhelming and the family getting concerned here in chapter three whereas Matthew had given the whole that transition to the whole of chapter 10 well before the crowds got to this point.

Then it catches back up to Matthew 12 where they accuse Him of being Satan and Jesus speaks of a house divided not able to stand which was famously quoted by President Abraham Lincoln in his 1868 speech. This is followed by Jesus’s mother and brothers finding Him after being concerned a few paragraphs earlier and the exchange appearing as written in Matthew.

Chapter links go to the ESV translations at but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

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