Matthew 12:15-21; Mark 3:7-12; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16; 17-26

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Large Crowds Follow Jesus

Matthew 12:15-21 (KJV) 15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make Him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet, saying, 18 “Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, In whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.  19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets.  20 A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory.  21 And in His name shall the Gentiles trust.”

Mark 3:7-12 (KJV) But Jesus withdrew Himself with His disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judaea, And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things He did, came unto Him.  And He spake to His disciples, that a small ship should wait on Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him.  10 For He had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon Him for to touch Him, as many as had plagues. 11 And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.  12 And He straitly charged them that they should not make Him known.

Jesus Selects The Twelve Disciples

Mark 3:13-19 (KJV) 13 And He (Jesus) goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto Him whom He would: and they came unto Him.  14 And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach,  15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 16 And Simon He surnamed Peter; 17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and He surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: 18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed Him: and they went into an house.

Luke 6:12-16 (KJV) 12 And it came to pass in those days, that He (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  13 And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom He also named Peter,) and Andrew His brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

1. Why did Jesus withdraw from where He was (Matthew 12:14-15)? Jesus left the area He was in because He knew the Pharisees were seeking to destroy Him.

2. Who followed Jesus and what did Jesus do (Mathew 12:15; Mark 3:7-8, 10)? Great multitudes followed Jesus and He healed them all.

3. What did the unclean spirits do (Mark 3:11)? The unclean spirits fell down before Jesus and cried, saying Jesus was the Son of God.

4. In whose name would the Gentiles trust (Matthew 12:21)? In Jesus’ name.

5. What did Jesus do before He selected His twelve “inner circle” disciples (Luke 6:12)? Jesus prayed all night to God and in the morning called twelve out of all His disciples.

6. Who did Jesus select as His twelve “inner circle” disciples (Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:13-16)? Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, the sons of thunder – two brothers: James and John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, the son of James: Thaddaeus also known as Judas, Simon the Canaanite also known as the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot.

7. What is said about Judas Iscariot (Mark 3:19; Luke 6:16)? Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, he was the traitor.


Ponder Luke 6:13 And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles.  My thoughts: All those who were true followers of Jesus were His disciples.  Jesus picked His inner circle twelve from all His disciples.  I believe if you are a follower of Jesus you too are one of His disciples.  What do you believe?


Why do you believe Jesus told the people to not make Him known (Matthew 12:17-20; Mark 3:12)? My thoughts: Jesus had work to do – reach the Gentiles – send forth judgment – bring victory.


Mark 3:13 (NIV)  Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him.


1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.


Being a good disciple is just a matter of following Jesus with a willing heart. There are no special talents needed to following Jesus.  And perfection is not required either.  Following Jesus is a path that God will lay before us when we turn from sin, repent and ask Him to come into our heart and life.


If we take one day at time and read and obey God’s Word our life can become a living, godly example to those around us. We will be teaching and sharing sometimes without saying a word. 


Lord, I pray we too will choose a quiet place, away from the busyness of life and meet with You (Luke 6:12).  Lord, I pray we too will be a devoted disciple of Yours (Mark 3:13). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I be devoted followers of Jesus.” <>< Dona