Devotional #10 (12/6/12). Jesus heals on the Sabbath and chooses the twelve disciples.
Intro: Last time Jesus gave several parables about how it was more important to love and obey God with all your heart then trying to do rituals or be religious. In this week’s reading Jesus will continue this idea by showing that it is better to do good even if it disrupts the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week that God told men to relax and worship Him (Exodus 20:8).
This Week’s Reading: Mark 3:1-19.
vv. 1-2. Jesus goes into the temple on the same day as we mentioned last time (on the Sabbath) and sees a man with a disfigured hand. And the Pharisees and scribes watched Jesus to see if He would heal the man so they could blame Him for breaking the Law since a person wasn’t supposed to work on the Sabbath.
vv. 3-4. Jesus brings the man to the front of everyone’s attention by asking him to step forward. Then Jesus turns to the Pharisees and asks if it is bad to do good on the Sabbath. He was asking if someone was dying would you not help them just because you were trying to keep the Law by not working? But they don’t say anything.
v. 5. Jesus looks at them and they don’t want to answer Him because they are prideful and hard-hearted. Notice it says that Jesus was angry with them. It is not a sin to be angry with someone but it is a sin to hate someone or to take inappropriate action on that anger. But Jesus felt emotions and the stubbornness of these men who would rather incorrectly keep a Law and try to prove Jesus wrong then help someone, made Him angry. Jesus continues and in front of everyone He heals the hand, making it whole. Jesus can make us whole if only we have the faith.
v. 6. The Herodians were a political group that took their “name from Herod Antipas” and usually opposed the Pharisees but when it came to killing Jesus they agreed (Source 1).
vv. 7-9. Mark centers much of Jesus’ story around the sea of Galilee. So Jesus ministry spreads to these towns named because big crowds came and heard Him. The crowds are so big that He asks that a small escape boat be kept handy in case He starts to get crushed.
vv. 10-12. Jesus heals people of many different problems but here it gives details about demons specifically. When they saw Him they could not help but yell out in fear that He was God. But He tells them not to say that for several reasons: first, because He didn’t want it to seem like He was having conversations with the demons or was their friend. Second, because Jesus did not want the people to make Him king (since He needed to go to the cross to die for our sins) He didn’t want the demons to call Him the Messiah or God.
vv. 13-19. This is where Jesus calls the twelve to Him. Notice that there were others (who probably went out as “the seventy” from Mark 6:7-13; 30) but here Mark names exactly who the 12 disciples were. If you would like to know more about them it would be good to look up their backgrounds.
Summary: We see Jesus healed a man’s hand, making Him complete. He also healed men who had demons and pointed out that it is more important to have a heart for the things of God then to be religious and practice rituals. Jesus loves us very much and wants to have a personal relationship with us, making us free. He’s calling, will you answer?
Source 1: MacArthur Study Bible, p. 1463.