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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

One of the earliest official accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark addresses the basic questions of whether Jesus was the true messiah for whom Israel had been waiting. And if so, what kind of Messianic king was he if he suffered and died?

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CHAPTER 3 References

1 aLuke 6:6–11
2 aLuke 14:1;
20:20 bLuke

Healing on the Sabbath


1 And aHe entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.
2 So they awatched Him closely, whether He would bheal him on the

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Sabbath, so that they might 1accuse Him.
3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, 1“Step forward.”
4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the ahardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored 1as whole as the other.
6 aThen the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with bthe Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

A Great Multitude Follows Jesus

7 But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, aand from Judea
8 and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how amany things He was doing, came to Him.
9 So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him.
10 For He healed amany, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to btouch Him.
11 aAnd the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, b“You are the Son of God.”
12 But aHe sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

The Twelve Apostles

13 aAnd He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.
14 Then He appointed twelve, 1that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,
15 and to have 1power 2to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
16 1Simon, ato whom He gave the name Peter;
17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”;
18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Cananite;
19 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house.

A House Divided Cannot Stand

20 Then the multitude came together again, aso that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 But when His aown people heard about this, they went out to lay hold

2 1bring
3 1Lit. Arise
into the midst
5 aZech. 7:12
1NU omits as
whole as the
6 aPs. 2:2;
Mark 12:13
bMatt. 22:16
7 aLuke 6:17
8 aMark 5:19
10 aLuke 7:21
bMatt. 9:21;
11 aLuke 4:41
bMatt. 8:29;
12 aMark 1:25,
13 aLuke 9:1
14 1NU adds
whom He also
named apostles
15 1authority
2NU omits to
heal sicknesses
16 aJohn 1:42
1NU and He
the twelve:
Simon . . .
20 aMark 6:31
21 aMark 6:3
bJohn 7:5;
22 aMatt. 9:34;
10:25 b[John
12:31; 14:30;
16:11] 23 aMatt.
27 a[Is. 49:24,
25] 28 aLuke 12:10
30 aMatt. 9:34
31 aMatt.
32 1NU, M add
and Your sisters
35 aEph. 6:6

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aLuke 8:4–10
2 aMark 12:38
4 1NU, M omit
of the air

MARK 4:5

of Him, bfor they said, “He is out of His mind.”
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, a“He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the bruler of the demons He casts out demons.”
23 aSo He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 “And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
27 a“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

The Unpardonable Sin

28 a“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;
29 “but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—
30 because they asaid, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him

31 aThen His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him.
32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to
Him, “Look,Your mother and Your brothers 1are outside seeking You.”
33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?
34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
35 “For whoever does the awill of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower


1 And aagain He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
2 Then He taught them many things by parables, aand said to them in His teaching:
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds 1of the air came and devoured it.
5 “Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth;

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MARK 4:6

and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 “But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
7 “And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no 1crop.
8 “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said 1to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables

10 aBut when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to aknow the 1mystery of the kingdom of God; but to bthose who are outside, all things come in parables,
12 “so that

a‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ ”

The Parable of the Sower Explained

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
14 a“The sower sows the word.
15 “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 “These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 “and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
18 “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 “and the acares of this world, bthe deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, 1accept it, and bear afruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Light Under a Basket

21 aAlso He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or

7 1Lit. fruit
9 1NU, M omit
to them
10 aLuke 8:9
11 a[1 Cor.
2:10–16] b[Col. 4:5] 1secret or hidden
12 aIs. 6:9, 10;
14 aMatt.
19 aLuke 21:34
b1 Tim. 6:9,
10, 17
20 a[Rom. 7:4] 1receive
21 aMatt. 5:15
22 aMatt.
10:26, 27
23 aMatt.
11:15; 13:9, 43
24 aMatt. 7:2
25 aLuke 8:18;
26 a[Matt.
36–43] 1sow
27 a[2 Pet.
3:18] 28 a[John
12:24] 29 aRev. 14:15
30 aMatt.
13:31, 32
33 aMatt.
13:34, 35
34 aLuke
24:27, 45
35 aLuke 8:22,
38 a[Matt.
23:8–10] bPs.
39 aLuke 4:39
bPs. 65:7; 89:9;
93:4; 104:6, 7
1Lit. Be quiet

under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
22 a“For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
23 a“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. aWith the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
25 a“For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

The Parable of the Growing Seed

26 And He said, a“The kingdom of God is as if a man should 1scatter seed on the ground,
27 “and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and agrow, he himself does not know how.
28 “For the earth ayields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.
29 “But when the grain ripens, immediately ahe puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 Then He said, a“To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?
31 “It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth;
32 “but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”

Jesus’ Use of Parables

33 aAnd with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, aHe explained all things to His disciples. Wind and Wave Obey Jesus
35 aOn the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, a“Teacher, bdo You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and arebuked the wind, and said to the sea, b“Peace,1

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be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? aHow1 is it that you have no faith?”
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

40 aMatt.
14:31, 32;
Luke 8:25
1NU Have you
still no faith?

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A Song of Praise to God Coming in Judgment

1 OH, asing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
3 Declare His glory among the 1nations, His wonders among all peoples.

4 For athe LORD is great and bgreatly to be praised; cHe is to be feared above all gods.
5 For aall the gods of the peoples are idols, bBut the LORD made the heavens.
6 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and abeauty are in His sanctuary.

7 aGive1 to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength.

PSALM 96 References

1 a1 Chr.
3 1Gentiles
4 aPs. 145:3
bPs. 18:3 cPs.
5 a1 Chr.
16:26; [Jer.
10:11] bPs.
115:15; Is.
6 aPs. 29:2
7 a1 Chr.
16:28, 29; Ps.
29:1, 2 1Ascribe
8 1Ascribe
9 a1 Chr.
16:29; 2 Chr.
20:21; Ps. 29:2
10 aPs. 93:1;
97:1; [Rev.
11:15; 19:6] bPs. 67:4
11 aPs. 69:34;
Is. 49:13 bPs.
98:7 1all that
is in it
13 a[Rev.

8 1Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
9 Oh, worship the LORD ain the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.

10 Say among the 1nations, a“The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be 2moved; bHe shall judge the peoples righteously.”

11 aLet the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; bLet the sea roar, and 1all its fullness;
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
13 before the LORD. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. aHe shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.



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