Mark 3:7-35 Gospel of Vic Version (2001)

7 And Jesus withdrew with his discipleship community to ‘the Prom’ and many disgruntled voters from Gippsland were following him— and from Victorian regional centres 8 and from Melbourne and from outer suburbs and Tasmania across Bass Strait and even as far as far North Queensland, —a significant groundswell of public opinion— and hearing what he was doing they came to him.9 And he told his disciples to have a flat bed ute ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him, 10 for he was healing so many that whoever had diseases was pushing towards him in order to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they were falling down before him and screaming out, saying, “You are the Son of God!” 12 And he sternly rebuked them that they should not make him known.

13 And he goes out onto the beach and, planting a flag, calls to him those whom he wanted and they went off after him. 14 And he appointed a dissident cabinet in order that they might be with him and in order that he might send them out to conduct a public media campaign 15 and to have authority to throw out demons. 16 And he chose his ‘shadow ministers’: to Simon he gave the name Peter, 17 and Jim the son of Zebedee and John the brother of Jim, to whom he gave the name Boanerges (that is, Sons of Thunder), 18 and Andrew and Philip and Batholomew and Matthew and T homas and James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus and Simon the Wog 19 and Judas Iscariot who sold him out into custody.

20 And he goes home and the demands of the electorate were such that they had no time to eat. 21 And when his family heard they set out to take charge of him, for they were saying, “He has gone mad!”

22 And the professional consultants who came down from Central Melbourne were saying, “He’s a violent terrorist” and “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons”. 23 And calling them, he responded with a spin on their accusations, “How is an evil terrorist able to throw out an evil terrorist? 24 And if a economy is divided against itself that economy is not able to stand; 25 and if an economy is competitive against itself that house is not able to stand. 26 And if the Globalised Beast is risen up against himself and is divided; he is not able to stand. He is coming to an end. 27 But no one is able to break into the strong man’s economy and plunder his market share unless he first binds the strong man. T hen indeed he can plunder his house. 28 Fair dinkum I say to you, all debts will be forgiven the sons of humanity, whatever debts and acts of treason they commit; 29 but whoever commits treason against the Great Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal debt’.” — 30 for they were saying, “He was a violent terrorist “.

1331 And his mother and his brothers arrive and standing outside they sent to him, calling him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him and they say to him, “Look, your family and your good mates are outside asking for you.” 33 And answering them, he says, “Who are my family and my good mates?” 34 And looking around at those sitting about him, he says, “Look, my family and my real mates! Whoever does the will of God is my real brother, my real sister, my true mate!”

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