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Mark 3:5 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

5. Looked round about on them with anger Before proceeding to the performance of the miracle he makes a full pause as they stand in a silent circle before him. They are fixed in the obdurate silence of hatred. For one moment the Saviour is a Judge. There is one glance of that eye which in the final day will rive his adversaries. Some have wondered that the Lord should be angry. But justice has its rightful wrath for guilt. Right is terribly hostile to wrong. God is angry with the wicked every day. All government as it sits upon the judgment seat has this true wrathful anger. Our Lord looked full upon these malicious beings as they stood using their powers in the cause of evil and consecrating themselves to the eternal service of the devil, and he felt that they were sinners deserving of God’s just judgment. Grieved And so the pure and Holy Spirit of God may be grieved, vexed, made angry, and caused to depart. Sorrow and pity for their wilfulness and their ruin mingles with the stern recognition that they deserve the ruin they incur. Hardness of their hearts A determination to allow no proof to convince and no good to soften them.

Stretch forth thine hand The bodily healings performed by our Lord were ever a symbol of the cures he works as great physician on the fountain malady in the soul sin. Depraved man is withered in every limb of his soul; impotent by fallen nature. Yet just as this man is commanded to put forth his strengthless hand, so is the strengthless soul commanded to put forth a powerful act. How? Because the grace that gives he command therewith supplies the underlying power “to will and to do .” Yet as the man was not made either to will or do the act, as the performance though empowered was not secured, but left to free agency, so does the grace of God simply enable the act, but not absolutely secure its performance.

Whole as the other Both hands testified to the reality of the miracle. But the reality of the miracle is not denied. In the very charge that it is done by diabolical power it is admitted to be done.

Consult other comments:

Mark 3:5 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 3:5 - The Greek Testament

Mark 3:5 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Mark 3:5 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Mark 3:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 3:5 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 3:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 3:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 3:5 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 3:5 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 3:5 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 3:5 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 3:5 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 3:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 3:5 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 3:5 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 3:5 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 3:5 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 3:5 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Mark 3:5 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 3:5 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 3:5 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 3:5 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 3:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 3:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 3:5 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 3:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 3:5 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments