Read Mark 3:7-22
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 3:7-12. Why do you think Jesus withdrew with his disciples from the crowds? Why did the crowds still follow him? Where were they following him from? They places were far away. Why do you think they came far and wide to see Jesus? Why is Jesus able to draw so many people from all over? Why might have the crowd rushed in and crushed Jesus? Why did they then fall down and cry “You are the Son of God.” What do you think that title means? Why might it be important that the people realize that Jesus is the Son of God? Why must we realize that Jesus is the Son of God? How is Jesus being the Son of God affect your daily life?
3. Look at Mark 3:13-19. There is no time gap between verse 12 and 13 so it is the same people whom were following Jesus and almost crushed him (eg. v.9); there are the people that Jesus calls to become his twelve disciples. We many times forget that Jesus had many disciples, not just twelve. In this passage Jesus chooses from these disciples His twelve Apostles. Why do you think that Jesus chose twelve people from the many disciples he had to become his “inner circle” of Apostles? Did he not care for the rest of the disciples? Or on the flip side did He care more for the Apostles more than He did the disciples? If not then why? He saw them as leaders the people who would lead the Church and spread the Gospel to all who would hear. A leader needs more training than a follower. When you are spending time in God’s Word and trying to apply it to your life, you are training to be a leader in the Church and able to spread God’s Gospel of Grace to all who will hear.
4. Look at Mark 3:20-21. This passage is famous because of the last verse in this section, vs. 21. Where Jesus comes home and as soon as he does the crowd is starting to say of Jesus, “He is out of His mind.” They are basically saying Jesus is crazy. This is the reason that Jesus did not want people to tell others about him so quickly, so that the crowds would not turn into mobs. Why do you think that the crowd thought Jesus was crazy? What did Jesus do to make them think that? (Think through what Jesus has done from Mark 1-3, what actions of Jesus could have been seen as not possible or against the law, or even blasphemous?). Why isn’t Jesus out of His mind? How are Jesus actions actually showing who He is? What does Jesus’s family do to save him? Isn’t this ironic, Jesus comes to save us from our sins yet his family is the one whom save him from being killed too early. Why do you think they did that? Would you have risked your life to save your brother or sister or mother or father? Why or Why not? What about risking your life for Jesus, would you put your life in danger for him? Would you die for Him? Why or Why not?