Mark 6. Forum Discussion

Adversity and perseverance seem to be recurring themes in our studies of Christ.

Chapter 6 begins with Mark recounting Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue of His home town. Mark tells us that there were many listeners there and that they were astonished at the wisdom of His teachings and by the miracles that He performed. Verse 3 reads, “And they took offense at Him.”

Verse 8 says about Jesus, “And He wondered at their unbelief.” Why did they not believe Jesus? What did they take offense to? The healing of sick people? The teaching of God’s word? It’s difficult to be certain. Perhaps they were jealous of the attention that He was getting? One thing is for certain, we don’t want to be one of the people that rejects the precious gift that Jesus offers to all of us. We want to embrace His inspired word and continue to study so that we get better and better at applying it. We want to take what we learn in our studies and then pray for the strength and the conviction to turn it into actions that will glorify God.

Beginning in verse 7, Mark records how Jesus sent out His 12 apostles in pairs to spread the gospel. This is a great example of how Jesus not only did things Himself, He also got things done through others.

Mark tells the gruesome story of Herod calling for John the Baptist’s head on a platter and then concludes chapter 6 with his account of three separate miracles:

  • Feeding the 5,000 with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes.
  • Jesus walking on the water. Mark says that the apostles, “Had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.” Another disappointment that Jesus had to persevere through.
  • And Jesus healing at Gennesaret.

Jesus did so much for so many people while He was here on earth, and yet He was rejected repeatedly. But He never wavered in His convictions to do the will of His Father. Nor should we. Amen

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The Apostles demonstrate their faith in this verse, "And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt." They trusted Jesus and went out with nothing except the clothes on their back, trusting that God would provide for them. This is in stark contrast to today's materialistic world and a good scripture to help keep us humble and grounded.

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