Mark 6:53-56 Meet Him in the Marketplace

Touch the hem of His garment

Touch the hem of His garment

We are going to join Jesus in the region surrounding Gennesaret. The town of Gennesaret is about three miles from Capernaum. Jesus’ fame had easily reached there. He was even recognized on sight. Let’s join Him as He moves through this region.

The first thing that I noticed, after reading the passage a couple of times, is that Jesus only landed in Gennesaret. He moved about from there. I don’t know how far He went from this town on this particular trip. Mark lists villages, cities and countryside’s as locations Jesus visited. I’m curious what other locations asked Jesus to touch people in the way He does in today’s reading.

Jesus and His disciples have been sailing back and forth across the Sea of Galilee. We are not always told where they land. This is a little frustrating to me because I want to know those details so I can make a map in my mind of where He did what. I keep digging and am not finding locations for a lot of Jesus miracles. I guess we know another bench question I will be bringing up someday. Read more »

Mark 6:45-52 Can You See Me Now

Some things are hidden in plain sight

Some things are hidden in plain sight

We join Jesus today as He dismisses the dinner crowd. Right after gathering the leftovers, He sends His disciples ahead of Him in the boat to Bethsaida and then sends the satisfied crowd away. Finally alone, Jesus goes up onto the mountain to pray.

Mark tells us that “when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and He was alone on the land” (verse 47). Checking this out with Google, I found that there were actually two “evening” in the Jewish reckoning of time. The first was the time when the sun began to decline in the sky and the second was when it finally set. We are not sure which evening Mark is referring to in this instance, so we are going to say that it was after 6:00 and before full darkness. Read more »

Mark 6:30-44 They All Were Satisfied

Plenty for everyone with some left over

Plenty for everyone with some left over

Jesus’ disciples have just returned from their first mission trip. They are excited about all they have seen and done. They can’t wait to tell Jesus how successful it was. Jesus wanted to hear all about it too, but not where they were at.

When Jesus sent His disciples out to share His message, even more people were able to hear the gospel. Which in turn caused more people to follow Jesus and His disciples. There were so many people that night, when the disciples got back to Jesus that they couldn’t even eat. Everyone wanted to talk to them or ask them for something. Jesus knew that His disciples were tired and needed a rest.

So Jesus tells His group that they are going to sneak away to an isolated place for some rest and alone time. But the people figured out their destination and rushed ahead and beat them to where they were going. These people were HUNGRY for what Jesus and His disciples had been serving. They wanted more and they were willing to do whatever it took to get it. Read more »

Mark 6:14-29 A Promise Best Broken

Oh SO true!

Oh SO true!

Today we read the story of what happened to John the Baptist. We looked at this same story in Matthew’s account. For a closer look at this story, check out John the Baptist Murdered. Today I want to look at a different angle with Mark’s retelling.

I want to look at the promise Herod made, his reasons for making the promise, his reasons for keeping that promise, and the guilt that resulted from it. I wonder if Herod was famous for making promises. If he did, was he famous for keeping those promises? Our leaders certainly don’t keep their promises. Read more »

Mark 6:7-13 Boots On the Ground

Walking in His footsteps

Walking in His footsteps

We get to hear Jesus’ instructions to His disciples as He sends them out into the “mission field.” He first equips them for the job, pairs them up, and then gives them their marching orders.

Mark starts out by first telling us that Jesus paired the disciples up. By paring the disciples up Jesus built in accountability, support, and security.

When it comes to accountability, Jesus knew there was a rotten apple in His barrel from the beginning. So sending that rotten apple out alone was NOT a good idea. Jesus protected His message by making sure the messengers were acting according to His standards. Not selling their services and such. Each person in the pair would hold the other one to the standards that Jesus set. Read more »