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Lesson # Mark 3:7-12
Study Material - Mark 3:7-12
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
7 But [kai] Jesus [Iesous] withdrew himself [anachoreo] with [meta] his [autos] disciples [mathetes] to [pros] the sea [thalassa] : and [kai] a great [polus] multitude [plethos] from [apo] Galilee [Galilaia] followed [akoloutheo] him [autos] , and [kai] from [apo] Judaea [Ioudaia] ,
8 And [kai] from [apo] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] , and [kai] from [apo] Idumaea [Idoumaia] , and [kai] from beyond [peran] Jordan [Iordanes] ; and [kai] they about [peri] Tyre [Turos] and [kai] Sidon [Sidon] , a great [polus] multitude [plethos] , when they had heard [akouo] what great things [hosos] he did [poieo] , came [erchomai] unto [pros] him [autos] .
9 And [kai] he spake [epo] to his [autos] disciples [mathetes] , that [hina] a small ship [ploiarion] should wait on [proskartereo] him [autos] because [dia] of the multitude [ochlos] , lest [hina me] they should throng [thlibo] him [autos] .
10 For [gar] he had healed [therapeuo] many [polus] ; insomuch that [hoste] they pressed upon [epipipto] him [autos] for to [hina] touch [haptomai] him [autos] , as many as [hosos] had [echo] plagues [mastix] .
11 And [kai] unclean [akathartos] spirits [pneuma] , when [hotan] they saw [theoreo] him [autos] , fell down before [prospipto] him [autos] , and [kai] cried [krazo] , saying [lego] , [hoti] Thou [su] art [ei] the Son [huios] of God [theos] .
12 And [kai] he straitly [polus] charged [epitimao] them [autos] that [hina me] they should [poieo] not [hina me] make [poieo] him [autos] known [phaneros] . KJV-Interlinear
7 And Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from Judea, 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude heard of all that He was doing and came to Him. 9 And He told His disciples that a boat should stand ready for Him because of the multitude, in order that they might not crowd Him; 10 for He had healed many, with the result that all those who had afflictions pressed about Him in order to touch Him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits beheld Him, they would fall down before Him and cry out, saying, 'You are the Son of God!' 12 And He earnestly warned them not to make Him known. NAS
The crowds were growing larger and larger by the week. From as far south as Idumea (formerly Edom) which is to the south of Judea, to the east across the Jordan, to the North toward Tyre. People were coming from greater distances just to touch Him in order to receive a cure form Him.
With doctrine in their soul, they would have known that their presence was not necessary in order to receive a cure. Prayer would have sufficed. But here we see people coming because of the rumors of the miracles of healing powers. They were not coming to learn or to hear Him teach, though certainly some came for that purpose, but most came because of the rumors and the prospects of getting their ailments healed.
They presses at Him, crowding him such that Jesus needed room and was also in danger of being crushed by the crowd. Each person trying to get near enough just be able to touch His clothing.
The boat served two purposes. Out in the boat He could teach and have a little bit of a barrier from the crowd. The boat also served as a convenient means of transport. Walking along the roads would prove to be difficult because of all of the people. Jesus was traveling from town to town and did not set up a permanent HQ at any specific location.
He continued healing people as they came to Him. Remember though, these healing miracles were to prove Hs identity as the Messiah, not to launch Him into a run for the Crown. Rulership was not His purpose in this first advent. Victory on the Cross was His goal and that was about a year away.
Speaking of which, in a year, these crowds would turn on Him. Now they want their needs fulfilled, or so they thought that was what they were receiving, but later they will realize that physical needs and the solutions to them, was not what they needed. They needed spiritual solutions.
Physical needs keep popping up like weeds in they yard. You spray and pull then, but others keep coming up right after the first ones. You can't win. Some who ignore their yard will have lots of weeds and a pretty poor yard. Some who are conscientious about mowing, and fertilizing, and spraying and pruning and so forth, will have pretty nice looking yards.
The same goes for the soul. It requires constant maintenance - daily Bible study. Lest the weeds of life take over, your life.
We are always faced with pressures and things that would otherwise distract us from our intended destiny. Jesus now had the Pharisees, the Herodians, and others who were negative toward Him, and were plotting to destroy Him. The evil spirits (demons) also refused to obey His commands as they spoke loudly that He was the 'Son of God.' This would get the crowd going and make them either rush Him to touch Him, or to anoint Him as King, both of which were contrary to His purpose.
Both Jews and Gentiles were coming from all parts of the Middle East now. Jesus attracted all, and He healed all, without regard to their ancestry or culture or affliction.
We should come to Christ for the right reason - to learn Bible doctrine and to grow up spiritually. We all have needs and they will be taken care of in due course. Some problems will even attend us throughout our life. Just to keep us on our toes. Not to worry though. Even for those problems we are to be strapped with throughout our lives, there will always be various forms of solutions to help us through them. Note, they might not be eliminated, but we are helped. Our foremost test is to stick with our Bible study, to stick with our fellowship status, to persevere in our spiritual life. No time for bitterness. Won't help anyway.
Jesus had many against Him, yet He never struck out in anger or revenge. He always kept His focus, always kept His eyes on the Father's will and His own destiny. We, each of us, have a destiny. It is greater than all the worlds problems of life - combined. Don't pursue only quick fixes for immediate problems, but pursue your destiny, a much longer term objective.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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