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1. Mark 3:21 says that Jesus’ friends “went out to lay hold on him.” Who, apparently, were some of the friends? Why did they “seize him”? (RSV)
2. Jesus healed one possessed with a demon. In response, the multitudes were amazed and said, “Can this be the son of David?” Explain this question.
3. The Pharisees claimed that Jesus cast out demons by Beelzebub. McGarvey suggests that their claim was “cleverly plausible.” (p. 300) Explain.
4. McGarvey outlines four arguments that Jesus uses against the accusation of the Pharisees that he cast out demons by Beelzebub. Sum up briefly and clearly two of these four arguments.
5. Identify the unpardonable (eternal) sin and explain it as well as you can. (For one thing, why is it unpardonable?)
6. Verse 36, p.304. Check this verse in a modern translation. What is an “idle word”? What are the consequences of idle words? Any thoughts on why Jesus comes down so hard on this behavior?
7. p. 305. The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we would see a sign from thee.” They had seen miracles. What is their purpose in asking for a sign? (What kind of sign?)
8. What did Jesus mean when he said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign?”
9. How does Jonah figure into the discussion about signs?
10. Jesus was told that his mother and brethren were seeking for him (310,311). In response, Jesus redefines mother and brethren. Explain.
11. p. 319. Jesus tells the story of a certain rich man. What is the point that Jesus makes in this parable.?
12. vv. 22-34, pp. 320,321. First: Boil down the teaching of these verses to one main idea. Then, a question or two. Many Christians through the centuries have taken a vow of poverty. Is Jesus teaching that all Christians should embrace poverty? If you reject this idea, can you present an argument from New Testament scripture to support your view? (Maybe you can present a good case without a proof-text.)