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Summary: This act reveals a heart so hard that repentance is impossible (Heb. 3:7--19). Ultimately, as Augustine says, "It is un-repentance that is a blasphemy against the Spirit"

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service; there are four Scripture Readings before the Sermon. The Scripture Readings for this day were: 1 Samuel 8:4 - 20; Psalm 138 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 and Mark 3:20-35.

Having chosen his twelve, ....Jesus resumes his ministry in Galilee, .....and he finds both popularity ......and opposition.

He is so popular .....that the people crowd him...... in such a way..... that Jesus and his disciples .....are not able to "eat bread,".... that is, ....... to eat anything.

At the same time .....opposition intensifies .....with accusations of demon possession..... from the Jerusalem authorities.

His popularity ....alarms his family.... and friends.

And This concern ......bookends our text in Mark.

BIBLE "those who are close to him" -NRSV says "his family" heard about how the crowds were hindering his own self-care and they concluded that he was "out of his mind" or "he is beside himself" -literally, "he is not himself". END Mark 3:20-21

At the end of our text in Mark 3:31-35 Jesus family ....... that is his "mother and brothers" arrive.

Perhaps these two groups are the same as Our (NRSV) translation seems to state.....

But they may have been two different groups..... or connected groups.

However we read it, ....... some believed that Jesus was out of control.

His popularity .....was too much.

They felt ......that they needed to extract Jesus..... from the situation.

They misread .....what Jesus is doing.

They fail to see the prophetic mantle...... that Jesus assumed ......at his baptism.

That is .....to herald .....the kingdom of God.... and gather a new community .....in which God will reign.

Jesus has just assembled his twelve .....and he has started the process.... to disciple them.

The crowds are overwhelming ....but the mission.... is paramount.

This is the context in which we hear Jesus raise the question, ......."Who are my mother and brothers?" (Mark 3:33).

Jesus raises questions .......of priorities and relationships.

In answer, .......Jesus looks at those seated around him.....perhaps the twelve, .....yet perhaps including more as "sisters" are included Mark 3:35.......... and he says:

"Here are my mother.... and sister.... and brother."

Something .....has shifted.

We should not misread this .....and think that he is rejecting ....his physical mother..... and brothers.

Instead,..... he acknowledges..... that there is something more important.... than blood lines..... in the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God...... establishes a new "blood" line..... for the disciples; ...... it is a new community

Between these bookends regarding Jesus ministry..... lies an important ......book-mark.

In both Mark 3:22 and Mark 3:30, ......Jesus is accused of...... demon possession.

It is the Teachers of the law from Jerusalem...... that make the accusation.

Jesus has attracted crowds from Judea and Jerusalem (Mark 3:8) ......and this has apparently raised concerns ......among the Jewish leaders.

It seems likely...... that the Sanhedrin .......the ruling Jewish Council in Jerusalem... sent an investigative committee.... to Galilee ...... to confront Jesus.


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Miguel Ten

commented on Jun 5, 2015

This message was and is "awesome!" Be blessed my dear friend.....with your permission, I am going to use parts of this message as I am preaching on the Holy Spirit. Thank you so much. Pastor Miguel

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Jun 5, 2015

Please feel free to use any of my messages. I pray that they will help bring others into a deeper relationship with our Lord. Thank-you for your kind words. Blessed to be a Blessing. In Christ Jeff

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