Three Taverns Church

The Gospel of Mark, As Told By Jesus Christ: Chapter 3

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Another time I went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse me, so they watched me closely to see if I would heal him on the Sabbath. 3I said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”

4Then I asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.

5I looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill me.

7I withdrew with my disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8When they heard all I was doing, many people came to me from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9Because of the crowd I told my disciples to have a small boat ready for me, to keep the people from crowding me. 10For I had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch me. 11Whenever the evil spirits saw me, they fell down before me and cried out, “You are the son of God.” 12But I gave them strict orders not to tell who I was.

13I went up on a mountainside and called to me those I wanted, and they came to me. 14I appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with me and that I might send them out to preach 15and to have authority to drive out demons. 16These are the twelve I appointed: Simon (to whom I gave the name Peter); 17James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them I gave the name Boanerges, which means sons of Thunder); 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed me.

20Then I entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that I and my disciples were not even able to eat. 21When my family heard about this, they went to take charge of me, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23So I called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

30I said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”

31Then my mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call me. 32A crowd was sitting around me, and they told me, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33“Who are my mother and my brothers?” I asked.

34Then I looked at those seated in a circle around me and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

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