Mark 3

Mark 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Commentary.

Healing on the Sabbath Day (1-6) — People and the teachers of the law, Pharisees, interpreted Sabbath law as doing nothing. But Jesus asked, “What is lawful on the Sabbath, to do good or to do evil? To save life or to kill?”  and he healed a man with a shriveled hand on the Sabbath day. Jesus taught the core spirit of the law; life saving.

Warning not to tell who he was (7-12) —- Many people saw Jesus healing the sick, driving evil spirit, and followed him. Jesus gave them strict order not to tell who he was because they might misunderstand him not knowing yet why he was sent by God as suffering messiah to redeem the world.

Appointing of the twelve disciples (13-19) —- Jesus called to him those he wanted, twelve disciple. He selected his own people to work on the kingdom of God with him, sending them preach, giving them authority to drive out demon. The twelve disciples were his partners in ministry.

Unforgiven sin (20-30) —- Debating on the authority of Jesus’ driving out demon, he taught about sin that would not be forgiven, “blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.”  What does it mean?  Anything that is against what God is doing would not be forgiven.

New family in God (31-35) —– The family of God is a new name for all, beyond their biological tie, racial and national origin, who are doing the will of God.

After Reading

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
  • Live it out through the day.

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