We have seen already how the first episode of this chapter, 3,1-6, concludes and brings to a climax the sequence of five confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees and scribes (2,1-3,6). The Pharisees and Herodians are now plotting to destroy Jesus (3,6).
The story though continues from verse 7. Two episodes (3,7-19) come next which we can read together. The first is by the sea (3,7) giving a summary of Jesus' ministry. The second takes place on a mountain (3,13) when Jesus calls the Twelve, an inner group of disciples.
In the second half of verse 19 there is another change of place: Jesus came home. How verses 20-35 form a unit we will see in due course. The theme is set in verse 21 where Jesus' family is introduced.
Chapter 4 then opens a new phase in the story because it begins with the phrase "On another occasion...".
We have therefore three pages for our reading of chapter 3:
|3,1-6:||the final confrontation|
|3,7-19:||on the sea and up the mountain|
|3,20-35:||the family of Jesus|
Let us now move on and read the last story of the series of confrontations, 3,1-6.