As we move through Mark’s gospel we are reading about the conflict between the kingdom that Jesus is establishing and the present religious authorities. In our last lesson we noticed that the religious leaders are not following Jesus, but are repeatedly challenging Jesus (2:16; 2:18; 2:24; 3:2). Mark 3:6 reveals that now the Pharisees are working with the Herodians to figure out how to destroy Jesus. So we are left with a critical question that now hangs in the air: who will follow Jesus? If the religious leaders are challenging Jesus and now have formally rejected him as they take counsel to destroy him, who will follow Jesus? Mark is going to show us the answer in the midst of conflict in the third chapter of Mark. Open your copies of God’s word to Mark 3:7.
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