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Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)

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‎The friends and relatives who appeared in v. 21 now arrive in order to restrain Jesus who, as far as they are concerned, is out of his mind. It is almost as if they want him arrested, so strong is the Greek word used in v. 21. Perhaps they account his madness as due to demon possession. If so they would be in agreement with the scribes.
‎It shocks us to discover that Mary is in such company! We have been brought up on a diet of Luke’s Gospel where Mary is afforded more respect. As far as Mark is concerned, she and the family of Jesus have completely misunderstood him and are definitely outside the circle of disciples (v. 31). Those who sit at Jesus’ feet are those willing to learn—the family exclude themselves by remaining outside. Jesus therefore looks to his disciples as his new family (v. 35). … More
McFadyen, Phillip. Open Door on Mark: His Gospel Explored. London: Triangle, 1997. Print.
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