Bible Study – Mark 3:19-35

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Mark 3:19-27 : 

Mark 3:19-27 Jesus and Beelzebul The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

More Opposition : 

Mark never let’s his readers to forget that Jesus’ ministry was in constant conflict. Jesus’ own family, was even prepared to call him crazy. We will give this issue more attention in Mk. 3:31-35 The religious leadership chose to add to the accusation, demon possession to the list. More Opposition

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Jesus uses a rather simplistic approach to counterattack the accusation that he was possessed by Beelzebul and the prince of demons. Beelzebul is not Satan but one of his workers. Beelzebul means “lord of the flies” or “lord of the manure pile.” The scribes had two meanings when they said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” First, Jesus had regularly cast out demons and performed these exorcisms with ease which made them jealous. Second, since I can’t copy what you are doing, I will demean your success by attributing it to someone else, in this case, Satan. If Satan wants to create sinner then why would he damage the efforts of his helpers and allow sinners to escape?

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Mk. 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. When we examine historical documents we quickly discover how kingdoms have been torn apart by civil war and internal strife. An example of a house divided can be found in families. Mom and Dad argue, the children choose sides, a family civil war ensues and for many resolution is found in divorce court where the family is dissolved. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

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27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house. The “strong man” is Satan, his house is the world, his goods, are sinners, but Jesus entered his house, and is more powerful thus Jesus is able to bind Satan, plunder his house and free or save sinners. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

Mark 3:28-30 : 

Mark 3:28-30 Blasphemy

Blasphemy : 

Blasphemy What does blasphemy really mean? What is an unpardonable sin?

Unpardonable or Unforgivable Sin : 

Unpardonable or Unforgivable Sin Hundreds of verses in the Bible promise the forgiveness for our sins, but only one passage refers to an unforgivable sin. Mk. 3:11 “And whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 And He strictly ordered them not to make Him known. The scribes accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebul and Satan, the ruler of the demons. Jesus’ response to their accusation is found in Mk. 3:28-30.

Mark 3:28-30 : 

Mark 3:28-30 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” The term blasphemy may be defined “defiant irreverence.” We would apply the term to such sins as cursing God or willfully demeaning things considered holy. In this passage the term refers to the declaration by the scribes who witnessed indisputable evidence that Christ was performing miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Miracles : 

Miracles Yet they attributed the Holy Spirit’s miracles to Satan. Have you noticed people who point fingers do so to cover up for themselves? Here the scribes accuse Jesus of the very crime, blasphemy, that they themselves were committing by giving Satan credit for the work of the Holy Spirit. What then is the “unpardonable sin?”

Pope John Paul II - On Reconciliation and Penance 12/2/1984 : 

Pope John Paul II - On Reconciliation and Penance 12/2/1984 “In another passage of the New Testament, namely in Saint Matthew's Gospel, Jesus himself speaks of a "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" that "will not be forgiven" by reason of the fact that it is the demonstration of the obstinate refusal to be converted to the love of God. Here of course it is a question of extreme and radical manifestations: rejection of God, rejection of His grace, and therefore opposition to the very source of salvation these are manifestations whereby a person seems to exclude himself voluntarily from the path of forgiveness.

Catechism of the Catholic Church : 

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1864 "Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven." There are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.

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Did the scribes blaspheme? Yes, they rejected Jesus and His miracles. Thus they rejected Father and the Holy Spirit in an effort to remain in control of the people. Did they reject God’s grace? Yes They refused to see God’s love and mercy in the exorcisms, the casting out of evil spirits.

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Consider this, the Holy Spirit lives within us and is sometimes referred to as a conscience. When your “conscience” tells you not to do something and you ignore it, don’t you fall into sin? Is sin a form of blasphemy? Yes, because it’s your “obstinate refusal” to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit thus “A person seems to exclude himself voluntarily from the path of forgiveness.” Can the blasphemy be resolved? Yes, go to the sacrament of Reconciliation and in so doing you are turning away from your sin and turning toward God. Blasphemy is turning away and purposely staying away from God

Mark 3:31-35 : 

Mark 3:31-35 The True Kindred of Jesus The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

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Jesus didn’t immediately get up and go out to see his mother and brethren because he already knew what they wanted. Don’t we all try to protect our children even when they refuse our protection? Jesus was teaching and didn’t want to stop to handle a family visit. He was able however to take their arrival and turn it into a lesson on discipleship. He sums up for us the entrance requirements to be adopted into the family of God. Mk. 3:34 And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brethren! 35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

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