Mark 6

Jesus went to his home area and was not accepted 1
He called twelve disciples and sent them out to preach 7
Herod and others speculated about who Jesus was 14
Herod had authorized the death of John the Baptist 17
Jesus and disciples tried to rest but people came and Jesus taught them 30
Five thousand people fed 36
Jesus sent disciples into their ship and sent people away 45
Jesus joined disciples; healed people of Gennesaret 51
.1 ¶ And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
.2  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
.3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
 4  But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
 5  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
 6  And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

   2 - Sabbath day As on his previous visit lu0416.
   2 - From whence cometh these things? They had evidence of His supernatural wisdom and miracles but classified Him as common v3.
   4 - Jesus as prophet.
Third Galilean tour. Luke 9:1-6; Matt. 9:36 to 11:1; Mark 6:7-13.
.7 ¶ And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
 8  And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
 9  But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
 10  And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
 11  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
 12  And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
.13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
  7 - The twelve See mr0313 for their original appointment.
  7 - By two Still good advice. One can pray while the other talks. One may be able to explain something which is unclear to the other. Three would seem intimidating to those visited.
   7 - Power From exousia also meaning "authority." mr0210, lu0135.
  8 - Purse Literally "belt." See on mt1009.
  9 - Coats See on mt1010.
  10 - Repent The message of John the Baptist mt0302 as well as of Jesus mr0115. This is the core of the gospel we preach. We also help people know their need for repentance and the importance of faith to trust. See the end-time call in re1406.
 11 - Shake off the dust It was in sorrow rather than vengeance as it appears. See on mt1014.
Imprisonment and death of John the Baptist. Luke 3:19, 20; Luke 9:7-9; Matt. 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29.
.14 ¶ And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
.15  Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
 16  But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
  14 - He [Herod] said John ... risen. An expression of Herod's fears.
  14 - Mighty works The prophet had done no miracles jn1041.
  16 - John ... risen See on verse 14 above.
.17  For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
 18  For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
 19  Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
  19 - ... Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not. (RSV)
 20  For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just [righteous] man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
 21  And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
 22  And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

   17 - Herod .. Bound him [John the Baptist] in prison. Was John right in telling Herod? As a prophet led by the Lord we must assume so. And for us? We are not prophets so must be cautious but we do need to warn sinners ez0318. This is not popular in the new way to "do church."
  17 - Herodias' See on lu0319
  18 - John had said The prophet, John the Baptist, we assume, had spoken directly to Herod.
  18 - Not lawful According to le1816, le2021. According to Jewish historian, Herodias, this was forbidden.
  19 - Quarrel against him Literally "was having in for him." See RSV translation at the left.
 23  And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
 24  And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
 25  And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
.26  And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
 27  And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
 28  And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
.29  And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
  23 - Half of my kingdom This was a gesture of great generosity rather than rulership. The expression recalling the time of Esther es0503, es0702.
  25 - She came ... with haste Before he changed his mind clouded with alcohol.
  25 - Charger The modern word is "platter."
  26 - Yet This word corrupts conviction in the majority of people. How easy it is to justify evil!
   See the parallel passage mt1401ff.
Feeding the 5,000. Luke 9:10-17; Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14.
 30 ¶ And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
 31  And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
.32  And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
 33  And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
 34  And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
.35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
  30 - Apostles gathered ... Likely at Capernaum as they returned from their mission trip. See verses 7-13.
  35 - Now far spent Or as expressed by Luke, "the day began to wear away lu0912."
.36  Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
.37  He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
 38  He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
.39  And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
 40  And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
.41  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
.42  And they did all eat, and were filled.
 43  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
.44  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
  37 - Give ye them to eat This was a test of faith and a preparation for what Jesus was about to do. The disciples did give the food to the people, v41. What we receive from Christ, we are to share with those around us. The truth is God's but we distribute it.
  37 - Two hundred pennyworth 200 denarii. One denarius, a silver Roman coin, is considered to have been a day's wage for a common laborer. There may have been 10,000 people counting women and children jn0610.
  38 - Loaves At Jesus' request, Philip had found only five loaves (probably like our pita bread) and two small fish. jn0605.
  39 - Sit down by companies Order has always been God's way. The grouping allowed access by the disciples and would have made it easy to discuss Jesus' sermon.
  44 - Men From andres meaning "adult males." Jesus regarded women as of great value along with men but followed cultural expectations when they were not in conflict with the divine system of truth.
Jesus walks on water. Mark 6:45-56; Matt. 14:22-36; John 6:15-24.

.45 ¶ And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
.46  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
.47  And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
 48  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
 49  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
 50  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

For other accounts, see mt1422ff and jn0615ff.
  45 - Constrained The disciples wanted to help force Jesus to be king.
  45 - Before unto That is, before Him, to Bethsaida. But that's not where they headed jn0617.
  48 - He saw them He sees and cares about each of us, too. How, we don't understand and we don't need to.
  48 - Wind was contrary Satan would have destroyed this core ministry team.
  49 - But it was not a spirit lu2439.
.51  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
.52  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
  You and I can fall into the same confusion. When things seem to go wrong, we tend to forget the evidence we had of God's care and goodness.
.53  And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
 54  And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
 55  And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
.56  And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
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