Formations Lesson for February 28- A Question of Authority
February 10 2010 by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Mark 3:19b-30 

Have you ever been misunderstood or misrepresented? Has anyone ever twisted your words or motives and used them against you?

I remember a time in my ministry when I learned that some local ministers were listening to tapes of my sermons in an effort to discredit my ministry. I was shocked and hurt at the time, but it was a good lesson for me. It reminded me to think before I speak and to be ready to give an account for my words.

The earthly ministry of Jesus was surrounded by constant controversy. Many people misunderstood Him. The things He did and said in love were used to attack Him in hate!

As we saw in last week’s lesson, the religious leaders had no use for Jesus (Matthew 9:9-13).

Our passage for today shows Jesus being misunderstood not only by the religious leaders, but by His own family as well.

Jesus’ family feared that He had lost his mind.

Although this part of the story is not developed, they probably “went to take charge of Him” in order to care for Him and possibly protect Him from being embarrassed.

The teachers of the law, however, seemed to be more sinister in their response to Jesus.

They determined that He was possessed by Beelzebub. “Beelzebub” is a Hebrew word meaning “Lord of the flies.” The Greek equivalent is “Beelzeboul” which means “dung god” or “god of the dung heaps.”

I think you get the picture of how these people felt about Jesus and His ministry!

The religious folks accused Jesus of doing Satan’s work. Jesus responded that Satan never drives demons out of people because he uses them to control their lives.

Jesus cast out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit.

That is why Jesus told the teachers of the law that they had blasphemed the Spirit of God by speaking irreverently about God’s work and calling it evil.

As a pastor, I am often asked, “What is the unforgivable sin?”

The unforgivable sin, as I understand it based on this text, is not an act that is committed; it is a way of life that tells God He is not wanted in the person’s life.

Hebrews 10:29 leaves us with this question, “How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?”  
2/10/2010 3:21:00 AM by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church | with 0 comments




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