Mark 3:9 Jesus’ Priority

Mark 3:9 (KJV)
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

Twice, in the early verses of this chapter, we read that a great multitude followed Jesus. There were people from everywhere: 

  • Galilee 
  • Judaea
  • Jerusalem 
  • Idumaea 
  • Beyond Jordan
  • Tyre and
  • Sidon 

And no wonder. Jesus had healed many, those who had touched Him had been healed of plagues and unclean spirits had been cast out. Selfishly, the great multitudes came, not seeking Jesus or His pleasure, but seeking solutions to their needs. 

It was impractical to think Jesus would touch every one of them. It was not His purpose to heal every one of them. 

So a ship was engaged and Jesus removed from them. Here we see the priority of Jesus; He was more interested in teaching them the Word of God than of healing their diseases. Healing a disease salves a temporary affliction. Preaching the Word intends to solve an eternal condemnation. 

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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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