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Mark 3:7-12

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Lesson Number 12

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The rejection of Jesus by the Jews resulted in the grace of God going out to the Gentiles.
  2. The extent of Christ's healing miracles is a picture of the scope of salvation.

Practical Application

  1. You can expect problems in a successful ministry

Questions

  1. Why did Jesus withdraw with His disciples?
  2. How was Jesus received by the Jews?
  3. To whom did Christ minister?
  4. Is God's grace to Gentiles only during the New Testament period?
  5. Can Jews become Christians?
  6. Read Romans 11. What is the meaning of the parable of the tree?
  7. What did Jesus do when He was nearly crushed by the crowds?

Answers

  1. He withdrew to the Sea of Galilee because He knew it was time to speak to the Gentiles, having been rejected by the Jews. Also, He knew about the plot to destroy Him.
  2. The Lord Jesus was born into this world as the Jewish Messiah, but His own people didn't receive Him. See John 1:11.
  3. To whosoever would receive Him (John 1:11-12; 3:16). When the Jews rejected Jesus, salvation came to the Gentiles.
  4. God's grace was shown to Gentiles of the Old Testament. Re-read the story of Rahab in Joshua 2, and review the repentance of the Ninevites, a cruel and pagan people, as recorded in the book of Jonah.
  5. Yes. Jews today can be saved and become a part of the body of Christ.
  6. The tree represents a place of blessing. The Jews were the natural branches, broken off because of unbelief. There will come a time when the Jews will be grafted back in.
  7. He had a small boat ready to use as a platform, because the lack of space was hindering His ministry.

Discuss/Consider

  1. What is the connection between Mark 3:6 and Romans 11?
  2. Why didn't Christ just heal everyone? Why doesn't Christ just save everyone?

Challenge

  1. Consider the evidences of the grace of God in your life.

Key Verses

  • "When the unclean spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 'You are the Son of God." (Mark 3:11)

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