CALLED FROM THE CROWD

Mark – God is On Our Side!
 
Mark 3 disciples.jpgImagine being in the crowd of people following Jesus around town and country observing the miracle of sick people be restored to health. Imagine watching lame people walk again unassisted just by His word. There is something about Him that draws you to see what He will say and do next. Sometimes, no always, He does what you do not expect! It surprises and sometimes shocks you, but in a good way.
 
Then imagine being called by name from the crowd to join Him in his work! He calls your name and you immediately follow because of the look in His eyes when He says your name. He seems to already “know” you and what you will learn. You run to Him with joy as if winning a scholarship to a prestigious university or finding out you have won a prize that will secure you for a lifetime. Oh, could it be EXACTLY how it was, at first call?
 
Don’t forget the habit of Jesus to pray FIRST to God and ask for God’s direction in all actions and decisions. “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” Mark 1:35 The Son of God goes to God first before choosing, doing or saying anything of significance that will contribute to God’s Kingdom. So, why don’t we? We do, but maybe not often enough. We pray, “God bless our plans” instead of “God, what do YOU want?”
 
Back to the dream of being called out of the crowd to be an apostle…He calls YOU by name. You step forward and follow not knowing what will happen tomorrow or the next day, you just follow. You somehow know that HE knows what is best. As He serves the crowd, You suddenly have a great desire to serve Him. Is that how it was?
 
Mark 3, NLT
Mark 3 calledJesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
13 Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. 14 Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, 15 giving them authority to cast out demons. 16 These are the twelve he chose:
 
Simon (whom he named Peter),
17 James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”),
18 Andrew,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Matthew,
Thomas,
James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddaeus,
Simon (the zealot),
19 Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
 
GOING A BIT DEEPER…
 
Mark 3 Jesus and
The number of the disciples is significant because there were twelve tribes in the nation of Israel. In Genesis, God started with Jacob’s twelve sons, and in Exodus, He built them into a mighty nation. Israel was chosen to bring the Messiah into the world so that through Him all the nations of the earth could be blessed (Gen. 12:1–3). However, the nation of Israel was now spiritually decayed and ready to reject her own Messiah. God had to establish “a holy nation, a peculiar [purchased] people” (1 Peter 2:9), and the twelve apostles were the nucleus of this new “spiritual” nation (Matt. 21:43).
 
Jesus spent all night in prayer before choosing these twelve men (Luke 6:12). When He selected them, He had three purposes in mind: (1) training them by personal example and teaching, (2) sending them out to preach the gospel, and (3) giving them authority to heal and cast out demons (see Mark 1:14–15, 38–39; 6:7–13). These twelve men would thus be able to continue His work when He returned to the Father, and they would also be able to train others to carry on the ministry after them (2 Tim. 2:2).
 
In the New Testament, you will find three other lists of the names of the twelve disciples: Matthew 10:2–4; Luke 6:14–16; and Acts 1:13. Luke tells us that Jesus gave them the special name “apostles.” A disciple is one who learns by doing; our modern equivalent might be an “apprentice.” An “apostle” is one who is sent on official service with a commission. Jesus had many disciples but only twelve apostles, His special “ambassadors.”
 
Mark 3 whoWhen you compare the lists, it appears that the names are arranged in pairs: Peter and Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew (Nathanael [John 1:45]); Thomas and Matthew (Levi); James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus (Judas, son of James, not Iscariot [John 14:22]); Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Since Jesus sent His apostles out two by two, this was a logical way to list them (Mark 6:7).
 
Simon’s name was changed to Peter, “the rock” (John 1:40–42), and Levi’s was changed to Matthew, “the gift of God.” James and John were given the nicknames, “Boanerges—the sons of thunder.” We commonly think of John as the apostle of love, but he certainly did not begin with that kind of reputation, nor did James his brother (Mark 9:38–41; 10:35–39; Luke 9:54–55). It is encouraging to see what Jesus was able to do with such a diversified group of unlikely candidates for Christian service. There is still hope for us!
 
NOTE: If you consult a harmony of the Gospels, you will see that between Mark 3:19 and 20, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5—7) and participated in the events described in Luke 7:1—8:3. Mark’s gospel does not include that famous sermon because his emphasis is on what Jesus did rather than what Jesus said.
 
Mark 3 called to loveHas God called you out the crowds to do a particular task for His glory? As a believer who is committed to learning and growing deeper in relationship to Jesus, loving and serving, while helping others find and follow Jesus, then you are doing what Jesus told his disciples to do! You’re called! You’re in!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the pause to think about being called out the crowds to come to You, to learn from You and be sent out by You. You are amazing. You trust us at our worst, save us, teach us, pick us up when we fall or fail with love in your heart that is relentless and reckless! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your power working in us for your glory! Continue…I have not arrived, yet.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And we’re singing…Reckless Love
 
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
 
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
 
When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me
 
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah
 
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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