Taking up at Mark chapter 3, we already saw opposition mount against Jesus beginning at 2:23, but now, it greatly intensifies, as 3:6 makes clear. Unbelief ran so deep at this point, that we learn His own family had come to believe that He had lost His mind. See 3:21, and 3:31-35 for the details. Jewish leadership was saying that He was demon-possessed, according to 3:22! Jesus let’s them know that their unbelief and charges are a great #2, sin with a parable He relates to them in 3:23-30. His disavows His own family with 3:34+35.
Mark chapter 4, like Matthew 13, is of parables Jesus tells at a time of great opposition against Him. He begins with the Parable of the Sower, with there being 4 responses to the Word being spoken by Him; the fourth being the most desirable result. Which might you be? His point in the telling of these goes back to 4:12; that people might hear, #6, repent and be forgiven, experiencing #8, the New Birth. With the Lamp on the Stand, Jesus urges an openness to His Word that a person might receive even more grace from God. Then, with 2 parables, those of the Growing Seed and of the Mustard Seed, He makes the point that God is going to cause His #10, Kingdom to advance in the world thru those like that 4th soil and shining lamp of the first 2 parables. Be fruitful soil. Shine brightly! The chapter ends with Jesus calming a storm on the Sea of Galilee, promoting faith in Himself!
Chapter 5 continues to depict Jesus as a Roman’s true action hero, Who must be God come in human flesh. He delivers a demoniac, raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead, and heals a woman of her issue of blood. All the while, the point being that people #7, believe in Him, as verses 34 and 36 point out. The demoniac believed Jesus was the Lord, so verses 19 and 20 would have us to understand.
With 5 parts, chapter 6 is longer. The point still being faith in Him, we read that His hometown did not #7, believe on Him with verses 1 thru 6. Jesus sent His Apostles out with the instructions that they preach that ‘people should #6, repent,’ with verses 6 thru 13. The account of John’s beheading is next, verses 14 thru 29, and within it we read of this thing so important to God, that being the matter of #1, righteousness and holiness, in verse 20. Then comes the account of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish! The chapter ends with the miracle of Jesus walking on the water, again showing Himself to be God come in the flesh and capable of any feat! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell