Markos 3

1 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach entered again into the shul. And there was there a man having a withered hand.
2 And they were watching Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach [to see] if on Shabbos he will heal him, in order that they might accuse him.
3 And he says to the man, the one with the withered hand, Stand up here in the center.
4 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to them, Is it mutar (permissible) on Shabbos to do tov or rah, to restore nefesh or to destroy [it]? But they were silent.
5 And having looked [at] them with ka’as and having agmat nefesh (grief) at the stubborn hardness of their levavot, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says to the man, Stretch out your hand. And the man stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
6 And ofen ort (immediately) the Perushim went out and held consultation with the party of Herod against him, as to how they might destroy him.
7 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach with his talmidim went away to the lake, and a great multitude from the Galil and also from Yehudah followed Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
8 And from Yerushalayim and from Idumea and from the other side of the Yarden and from around Tzor-Tzidon area, a great multitude [followed], hearing everything that he was doing, and they came to Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach.
9 And he said to his talmidim that a sirah (boat) should stand ready for him, lest the multitude might crush him.
10 For he had brought refuah to many, with the result that as many as had afflictions pressed in on him in order to touch him.
11 And the ruchot hatemeiot (unclean spirits), whenever they saw Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, were falling before him and were crying out, saying, You are the Ben HaElohim!
12 And he sternly rebuked them, lest they should make him known.
13 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach goes up to the mountain and summons those whom he wanted, and they came to him.
14 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach appointed and gave smichah to Shneym Asar (Twelve), whom also he designated Shlichim, that they might be with him [be mishtatef in Moshiach’s chavurah], and that he might send them out as his Shlichim to preach,
15 and to have samchut (authority) to cast out shedim.
16 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach appointed the Shneym Asar: Shimon, to whom he gave the name Kefa,
17 And Yaakov Ben Zavdai and Yochanan, Yaakov’s brother. He gave to them the name Bnei Regesh, (Sons of Thunder).
18 And Andrew and Philippos and Bar-Talmai, and Mattityahu, and Toma, and Yaakov Ben Chalfai, and Taddai, and Shimon the Zealot,
19 And Yehudah from Kriot, the one who betrayed Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach.
20 And Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach goes to his home shtetl; and again the multitude assembles, with the result that they were not able to have okhel (food).
21 And when his own mishpochah heard of this, they went out to constrain him. For they were saying, He is meshuga.
22 And the Sofrim (Scribes), the ones coming down from Yerushalayim, were saying, He is possessed by Baal-zibbul and by the Sar HaShedim he casts out shedim.
23 But having called them, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach was speaking to them in meshalim: How can Hasatan cast out Hasatan?
24 And if a malchut is divided against itself, it is not possible for that malchut to stand.
25 And if a bais is divided against itself, it will not be possible for that bais to stand.
26 And if Hasatan has risen up against himself and is divided, it is not possible for him to stand, but his end has arrived.
27 But no one is able, having entered into the house of the Gibbor to plunder his possessions, unless first, he binds HaGibbor, and then he will plunder the Bayit HaGibbor.
28 Omein, I say to you that for everything—for the averos (sins) and the Chillul Hashem (Desecration of the Name), whatever blasphemies they may utter—the Bnei Adam will be granted selicha.
29 But whoever commits Chillul Hashem gidduf against the Ruach Hakodesh, can never have selicha, but is guilty of a Chet Olam.
30 For they were saying, He has a ruach hatumah (an unclean spirit).
31 And the Em (Mother) of Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach and his achim come and stand outside and they sent word to him.
32 And a multitude was sitting around him, and they are saying to him, Hinei! Your Em (Mother)! And your achim (brothers)! And your achayot (sisters) are outside looking for you.
33 And in reply to them, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says, Who is immi? And my achim (brothers)?
34 And having looked around at the ones sitting around him, Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach says, Hinei! Immi and my achim!
35 For whoever does the ratzon Hashem, this one is my brother and my sister and mother.

Markos 3 Commentary

Chapter 3

The withered hand healed. (1-5) The people resort to Christ. (6-12) The apostles called. (13-21) The blasphemy of the scribes. (22-30) Christ's relatives. (31-35)

Verses 1-5 This man's case was piteous; he had a withered hand, which disabled him from working for his living; and those that are so, are the most proper objects of charity. Let those be helped that cannot help themselves. But stubborn infidels, when they can say nothing against the truth, yet will not yield. We hear what is said amiss, and see what is done amiss; but Christ looks at the root of bitterness in the heart, the blindness and hardness of that, and is grieved. Let hard-hearted sinners tremble to think of the anger with which he will look upon them shortly, when the day of his wrath comes. The great healing day now is the sabbath, and the healing place the house of prayer; but the healing power is of Christ. The gospel command is like that recorded here: though our hands are withered, yet, if we will not stretch them out, it is our own fault that we are not healed. But if we are healed, Christ, his power and grace, must have all the glory.

Verses 6-12 All our sicknesses and calamities spring from the anger of God against our sins. Their removal, or the making them blessings to us, was purchased to us by the blood of Christ. But the plagues and diseases of our souls, of our hearts, are chiefly to be dreaded; and He can heal them also by a word. May more and more press to Christ to be healed of these plagues, and to be delivered from the enemies of their souls.

Verses 13-21 Christ calls whom he will; for his grace is his own. He had called the apostles to separate themselves from the crowd, and they came unto him. He now gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. May the Lord send forth more and more of those who have been with him, and have learned of him to preach his gospel, to be instruments in his blessed work. Those whose hearts are enlarged in the work of God, can easily bear with what is inconvenient to themselves, and will rather lose a meal than an opportunity of doing good. Those who go on with zeal in the work of God, must expect hinderances, both from the hatred of enemies, and mistaken affections of friends, and need to guard against both.

Verses 22-30 It was plain that the doctrine of Christ had a direct tendency to break the devil's power; and it was as plain, that casting of him out of the bodies of people, confirmed that doctrine; therefore Satan could not support such a design. Christ gave an awful warning against speaking such dangerous words. It is true the gospel promises, because Christ has purchased, forgiveness for the greatest sins and sinners; but by this sin, they would oppose the gifts of the Holy Ghost after Christ's ascension. Such is the enmity of the heart, that unconverted men pretend believers are doing Satan's work, when sinners are brought to repentance and newness of life.

Verses 31-35 It is a great comfort to all true Christians, that they are dearer to Christ than mother, brother, or sister as such, merely as relations in the flesh would have been, even had they been holy. Blessed be God, this great and gracious privilege is ours even now; for though Christ's bodily presence cannot be enjoyed by us, his spiritual presence is not denied us.

Markos 3 Commentaries

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