- vs.1-6 Jesus went with his apostles (having just raised a 12-year-old girl from the dead) to His hometown and began to teach in the synagogue among those who had seen him grow up; they took offense at Him. They just couldn't believe the wisdom and miracles of "the hometown kid". Consequently, the "only" miracles He did was to lay hands on and heal a few sick people.
- vs. 7-13 Jesus sent His 12 previously-appointed apostles out in pairs. He gave them authority to heal the sick, cast out demons and preach repentance. Oh, and to not take money, food or a change of clothes with them...
- vs. 14-29 Herod wrestles with who Jesus is due to the many miracles He was performing. He wondered if He was John the Baptist (he had ordered beheaded) risen from the dead...
- vs. 30-32 Jesus' apostles regroup with Him, reporting all they had done and taught. "And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while."
- vs. 33-44 Miracle of the five thousand fed from five loaves and two fish with 12 full baskets "left over" This was the group Jesus felt compassion for, as "they were like sheep without a shepherd".
- vs. 45-52 Miracle of Jesus walking on the rough sea and the apostles' terror, thinking He was a ghost. Jesus told them it was He and to not be afraid. He got in the boat and the wind stopped.
- "...for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened."
- vs. 53-56 Healing at Gennesaret: Jesus and disciples swarmed by those seeking healing.
Mark 6 continues the pattern of being jam-packed as we have seen in previous chapters. My mind is spinning and my heart is humbled. Here are some of my reflections: First, oh how I have dismissed the miracles! I have read them so many times, without really pondering them... But Jesus knows this, and is so patient with me, with us... Thank you, Jesus! Second, even though the apostles themselves were performing miracles, they still didn't understand, as their hearts "were hardened". Third, Jesus' compassion is amazing! In the midst of crowds pressing in, His Shepherd's heart is extended to them, to us. Fourth, Jesus knows our limitations, He calls us to seclusion, to rest, with Himself...
Dear Lord Jesus, You are so amazing! Thank you for your compassion, your patience. Thank you for the miracles You have done in my life. May You give me a heart of faith, of understanding. I am often fearful, Lord. May I take courage knowing You are always with me, and You are The Great I AM. You are my Rest.
Posted on Wed, July 22, 2015
by Brian Landers