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Wednesday, March 30 2016

Mark 3: The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry

"For whosoever shall do the Will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother"

The Messiah was born in the south, in Bethlehem, in Judea (see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah). He lived most of His human life however in the north (see The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus), in Galilee - until about age 30 in Nazareth, in the hill country about half-way between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee, and then during the few years of His Ministry in Capernaum, a fishing town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee).

Whether in Nazareth or Capernaum, the Messiah attended Sabbath services (see The Son Of Man Is LORD Also Of The Sabbath) in the local synagogue (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?).

"3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

3:4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him." (Mark 3:1-6 KJV)

Ironically, the Messiah was often most-popular in places farthest from Jerusalem - the city controlled by the religious "authorities" and their man-made traditions that had become very different from what the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) actually gave and commanded to their ancestors (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

The Sea Of Galilee

"3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, 3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

3:9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known." (Mark 3:7-12 KJV)

After praying for the Father's Will (see When Does God Listen To Prayer?), the Messiah then chose the Twelve - including the prophesied traitor (see What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot?).

"3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter; 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house." (Mark 3:13-19 KJV)

The scribes (see Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?) blasphemed the Holy Spirit of Truth with the Satanic accusation that the Messiah's miracles were empowered by "Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils." The Messiah's warning to them was swift and stark: "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation."

"3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit." (Mark 3:30-30 KJV)

Despite being the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), the Messiah was born as an ordinary human, with an ordinary family (see the Fact Finder question below).

"3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?

3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:31-35 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who were some of the human relatives of the Messiah, as recorded in the Holy Bible?
See The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth

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This Day In History, March 30

598: During their campaign in the Balkans, the Avars lifted their siege at Tomis, a Byzantine stronghold.

1282: The Sicilians rebelled against King Charles I of Sicily.

1296: Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed during the war between Scotland and England.

1406: James I of Scotland was captured and imprisoned by Henry IV of England.

1492: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a decree to expel all Jews from Spain - with one possible exception. Some historians believe that Christopher Columbus was of Jewish ancestry (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings). Although most well-known for their employment of Columbus (who actually "discovered" only the inhabited islands of the Caribbean - Columbus never set foot in what today calls itself "America"; for a map of the actual voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were also the originators of the infamous Spanish Inquisition that imprisoned, tortured (present-day "water boarding" and suspending prisoners of war from their arms tied behind them to cause excruciating pain were invented during the Spanish Inquisition) and executed thousand of people who had set themselves free of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines.

Spanish Inquisition

1533: King Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Catherine was the Spanish-born daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the Spanish monarchs for whom Christopher Columbus was an explorer). It was Henry's divorces that led to Britain's eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.

Ferdinand and Isabella 1806: Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon Bonaparte) was proclaimed king of Naples.

1814: Sixth Coalition forces entered Paris during the Napoleonic Wars.

1856: The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Crimean War.

1863: William, Prince of Denmark, was recognized as king of Greece and took the title George I.

1867: A treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.

1870: Texas was re-admitted to the Union with the Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War. Texas first rebelled against Mexico to join the U.S., then rebelled against the United States to join the Confederate States.

1917: The Russian provisional government accepted the idea of an independent Poland.

1936: Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 new warships, the largest construction program in 15 years.

1939: The German Heinkel He 100 fighter set a world airspeed record of 745 kilometers per hour (463 mph).

1941: The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.

1972: During the Vietnam civil war ("north" and "south" Vietnam were a creation of French colonial forces in the 1950s), 120,000 North Vietnamese troops and thousands of Vietcong guerrillas launched a massive 3-wave invasion deep into South Vietnam.

1973: The U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam civil war came to a formal end when the last U.S. prisoner was released and the last soldier left.

1981: U.S. President Ronald Reagan, press secretary James Brady, and secret service agent Timothy McCarthy were shot by John Hinckley in Washington. Despite being shot by John Hinckley, Ronald Reagan broke the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive:



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