As we continue to look at the Gospel of Mark, we see that Jesus’ ministry is increasing. More and more crowds are being attracted to Him. The healing and deliverance of the Lord are flowing in abundance. You would think that everyone would be happy about it.
Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”
I can’t imagine what this was like. Jesus is invited to someone’s house. Immediately a crowd shows up. They were people hungry to hear a Word from God. There were sick and demonically oppressed people as well.
The Lord and His disciples began ministering to those who came. As they lost track of time, those who were watching started to get concerned.
The first response came from those who were closest to Jesus. His family didn’t understand the calling of God. They felt the need to have an intervention. Obviously, Jesus was out of his mind. The notoriety that He was experiencing was too much for Him to handle.
It never even occurred to them that Jesus was operating according to the Father’s plan. He spent a large amount of time in God’s presence, hearing what He was to do. Then, Jesus would step out and accomplish the will of the Father.
Scripture is clear that those who don’t listen to the instruction of the Holy Spirit have no understanding of those who do.
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14
The same was true with the teachers of the law. Of course, they had different motivations. They were teachers. They saw Jesus as a rival. After all, if the crowds are listening to Him, then they weren’t listening to the Pharisees.
Jealousy can blind you to the truth. Instead of judging Christ based on His teaching and spiritual power, they looked at their own loss of esteem. They decided that only way to feel good about themselves was to discredit Jesus.
These types of attitudes are always around when you’re trying to walk by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit usually leads you against the current of “normal” opinion. People tend to attack whatever they don’t understand.
We see this in the body of Christ right now. There are well-known ministries that are bringing huge numbers of people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Yet in spite of this, they’re treated as if they’re false teachers or even demons in disguise.
Jealousy in the ministry is not very becoming. I’ve learned that even if I have questions about how a ministry operates, I keep it to myself and praise God for those being won into the kingdom of God.
In my next post, we’ll see Jesus’ response to those who were putting down His ministry.
Question: How have you been questioned about something the Lord instructed you to do?
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