Theme of Mark 2:1-3:6: Rising political and religious opposition toward Jesus.
Supporting Themes: 1)2:7: Blasphemy = Making Himself equal with God, 2) 2:16: Eating with sinners, 3) 2:18: Failure to keep rules, 4) 2:24: Breaking the Sabbath, 5) 3:6: Themes of political and religious opposition coming together in Marks narrative.
Mark 3:1–6 (ESV)
1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Melodic Line of the passage Mark 3:1-6: The King and the Message of His Kingdom drew religious and political opposition because of its platform of mercy, rebellion, authority and power.
The King and the Message of His Kingdom drew religious and political opposition because of its platform of…
Mercy (Verse 1)
- This man’s hand would have been understood as a punishment from God.
- Q: In our sphere of influence who is God calling us to go to and do good?
Rebellion (Verse 2)
- “They watched him”
- Rebel: A person who resists an authority control or tradition.
- Micah 6:8
- Q: Jesus was communicating and acting from the heart of God in His rebellion… are we?
Authority (Verse 4)
- Jesus speaks as an authority of the law in such a way that the legal authorities of religion become silent.
- The HEART of God’s law is to love God and your neighbor. This aspect of Jesus political platform was not something his opponents could argue against.
- Q: As kingdom minded Christ followers how are we displaying the law of Love?
Power (Verse 5-6)
- In their Silence (powerlessness) Jesus speaks (POWER,Gen 1:3,MERCY,LOVE,JUSTICE,HUMILITY, FORGIVENESS)
- The loud arrogant and proud are always made silent by the love of God.
- Q: How can we be people who are on mission to do good and save lives with the person and work of Christ no just people looking to gain followers? (NOTE: Just as the Sabbath was not SIMPLY a time to abstain from work the gospel is NOT SIMPLY about gaining followers.)