Good evening everyone.
Tonight, we are still studying together the Book of Mark and chapter three.
Last week we saw the scene when the Lord Jesus Christ healed the man who had a withered hand.
That man acted by faith in response to the Lord’s instruction.
Salvation is still available today for people if they just do what the Bible says.
…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved. [Acts 16:31].
Tonight, we will see the Lord Jesus Christ started to call out the twelve disciples.
We will start with verses 7-8.
Mark 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
Mark 3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.
The word withdrew here means to get away from people.
The Lord Jesus Christ left with His disciples to the sea.
A great crowd of people continued to follow Him.
Galilee is northern Israel.
Judea is southern Israel.
Jerusalem is the capital city.
Idumaea is the country of Jordan today.
Tyre and Sidon are Lebanon in our modern day.
We can see that the name of Jesus is heard everywhere, and people came to see Him.
Mark 3:9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
A massive crowd of people still kept coming to see the Lord Jesus Christ.
There were so many. They were just like a mob.
The disciples prepared a ship for Him so that He could move to somewhere else.
Let us go to the next verse.
Mark 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
The healing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ has reached the ears of many people.
That is why a large crowd of people has come to see Him.
They came to Him, hoping to get healed.
People came just to touch Him, believing that it would get them healed.
They were more concerned about their physical well-being rather than spiritual well-being.
I see the need to do a quick review concerning the promise of God made exclusively to the nation of Israel related to sickness.
Let us go to the Old Testament in [Exodus 23:23-25].
Exodus 23:23 For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
Exodus 23:24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
Exodus 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
You will see this is the word of the Lord addressed directly to the nation of Israel.
This commandment of the Lord is for the Israelites to fight those nations, namely the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
The Israelites are to overthrow these groups of people and destroy their images and idols.
The local New Testament Church is not commanded to wage war against Gentile nations or to go breakdown images.
We are commanded to preach the gospel.
Verse 25 is a direct promise from God to the nation Israel.
If the nation of Israel serves the Lord, He promises to take sickness away from among them.
According to this scripture, the nation of Israel is promised with a physical blessing.
If the nation of Israel does not obey the word of Lord about this, what will happen?
Let us go to [Deuteronomy 28:15, 21-22].
Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
Deuteronomy 28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
If the nation of Israel sins against the Lord with their disobedience, their physical blessing from God will be withdrawn.
The blind, the dumb, and the palsy back in those days of the New Testament are a direct testimony that the nation of Israel has sinned and disobeyed their God.
Let us go back to [Mark 3:11-12].
Mark 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
Mark 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
Unclean spirits are real.
They knew that the Lord Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh.
They feared Him.
They knew that they would be tormented in hell forever.
The Lord Jesus Christ commanded these unclean spirits not to witness that He was God.
The Lord does not want them to talk about His name.
The job of witnessing is given to saved believers.
We will read verses 13-19 and we will see the names of the twelve disciples first ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Mark 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
Mark 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;
Mark 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
Mark 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
Mark 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
The disciples were set up into three groups of people.
Group I: Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John
Group II: Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas
Group III: James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, Judas Iscariot
Cross references include [Matthew 10:24, Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13-26].
Mark 3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mark 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
A crowd of people came to the Lord Jesus Christ again.
Both the Lord and the disciples did not even have time to eat.
This is the nature of a church ministry.
Be prepared to get so busy and that you do not even have time to eat.
The Lord Jesus Christ always dealt appropriately with all people who came to Him.
We see here that He has friends too.
Even so, some people still did not believe that He was God manifest in the flesh.
We will stop our lesson here tonight.
Next time when we meet, we will talk about the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.