Mark 3:4-5 Guarding Their Hardening

Mark 3:4-5 (KJV)
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.

When Jesus engaged these Jews with the Word of God, rather than answering Him or even responding to Him, they held their peace. The next verse tells us why; they had hard hearts.

This sort of hardness is often observable in people. When those who disagree with a particular thing refuse to communicate with the ones with whom they disagree they often resort instead to silence. Sometimes this is a sullen silence, moody and irritable. Sometimes it is a covert silence, watching, fact gathering, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce.

The hardened heart cannot engage in genuine conservation because to do so opens at least three possibilities

  • It may expose the weaknesses of their view
  • It may include unintended persons, less hardened into the conversation
  • It may introduce them to the possibility that they are wrong and need to change

Their silence protects their hardness.

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Mark 3:4-5 Guarding Their Hardening

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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