Later Ministry throughout Galilee - Mark 3:7 - 6:13

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Notes on Mark 3:7-6:13

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Later Ministry throughout Galilee - Mark 3:7 - 6:13

The Later Ministry throughout Galilee. This section opens with the calling of the twelve and closes with Jesus sending out the twelve to extend his own ministry. In between, Jesus moved into the rest of Galilee. He continued his ministry of preaching and healing. The whole time opposition to him was increasing and people kept trying to figure out who this amazing man really was.

The Call of the Twelve Mark 3:7-19

The crowds surrounded Jesus desiring healing, but left little opportunity for him to preach the gospel of the kingdom. In response Jesus chose the twelve for two reasons: first, so they could be with him so he could mentor them; and secondly, so he could send them out to extend his ministry of preaching and healing.

The crowd - Mark 3:7-10

Jesus had become so well known that people were coming from great distances from all over Palestine to see him. The size of the crowd made it difficult for him to carry out his preaching ministry.

The demons proclaimed - Mark 3:11-12

The demons proclaimed that Jesus was the Son of God. See the article on the Titles of Christ. As he had done earlier in 1:34, 43, 44 Jesus forbid anyone from publicizing his true identity. It seems that he feared that such announcements would lead to even greater crowds and even less of a chance to preach the gospel of God.

Apostles - Mark 3:13-15

Apostles were those who were sent in the authority of the sender. Jesus sent the twelve to help him in his ministry of preaching and healing. The mention that the apostles were both to be with Jesus to be trained by him, and were to be sent out to minister on his behalf is a reinforcing of the pattern that was first mentioned in 1:17. The number twelve represented the twelve tribes of Israel. (See Luke 22:29, 30.)

Names of the Twelve - Mark 3:16-19

The list of the names of the 12 are largely the same as found in other New Testament lists in Matt. 10:2-4; Luke 6:13-16 and Acts 1:13.

Sons of Thunder - Mark 3:17

Jesus' nickname for James and John (Sons of Thunder) is mentioned only here in the New Testament and is most likely a reference to their hot tempers (9:38; 10:35-39; Luke 9:54).

Zealots - Mark 3:18

Thaddaeus is also listed in Matt. 10:3 and is probably to be identified with Judas the son of James in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13.Simon the Zealot was a part of a group within Judaism called the Zealots that was opposed to Roman rule and were willing to resist violently.

Iscariot - Mark 3:19

Iscariot probably indicates that Judas was from the village of Karioth, in Judea.

Attempts to identify the Messiah - Mark 3:20-35

These stories show how people continued to struggle to understand who Jesus was, how he could do the miraculous things he did, and how he could say the amazing things he said.

Home - Mark 3:20

Home is probably a reference to Capernaum, not Nazareth. See the note on 2:1.

His family - Mark 3:21

Some of Jesus' own family members couldn't believe what they were seeing and hearing. Their only explanation was that he is out of his mind. He was insane.

Beelzabul - Mark 3:22

The scribes who came all the way to Galilee from Jerusalem had another explanation. Beelzebul was another name for Satan. It seems to have come from an ancient name for the Canaanite god Baal. The scribes couldn't deny Jesus' power so they tried to explain it away. They claimed that he did all these things by the power of Satan. Mark seems to have reported this incident between the two halves of the account of Jesus and his family to make the point that his family was no closer to understanding who he was than the hostile Jewish leadership.

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