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And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
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.
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.
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:6 Herodians. This seems an odd alliance. The Herodians were political adherents to Herod and the Romans, normally hated by the religious Pharisees. But mutual enemies will often make common cause in opposition to Christ and Biblical Christianity.

3:12 not make him known. These unclean spirits recognized Christ, even though His own friends thought He was mentally ill (Mark 3:21). Nevertheless, He did not want the spirits to identify Him openly. The Lord Jesus does not need nor desire any affirmation by His enemies, but only the witness of His own disciples. There is always a great temptation for Christians to seek acclaim or testimony from ungodly people of influence, but Christ Himself would have none of it.

3:21 beside himself. Despite His wonderful works of healing, and His strong Bible-centered preaching, His enemies accused Him of being in league with Beelzebub (i.e., Satan, Mark 3:22) and His friends thought He had lost His mind. Paul also was later accused by the Roman governor Festus of being mad (Acts 26:24). If the greatest preacher and even Christ Himself were accused of such things by the world, we must expect the same if we are faithful to His teachings (John 15:20).

3:22 Beelzebub. This “prince of the devils” is Satan, of course, but the name apparently came originally from the name of a Philistine idol, Baalzebul, meaning “Lord Baal.” It appears that the Hebrews sarcastically changed this to Beelzebub, meaning “Lord of the flies.”

3:29 blaspheme. On the unforgivable sin, see on Matthew 12:32.

3:31 his brethren. Mary had other children besides Jesus, so she could not have remained a perpetual virgin, but they did not yet believe in Him (John 7:5). Joseph was evidently dead by this time, so they were probably going to persuade Him, if they could, to come home with them. Probably they also had been influenced by their friends in Nazareth to think He was “beside Himself” (Mark 3:21). On His mild rebuke, even to His mother, see note on Matthew 12:50.

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