Mark 6

Mark 6, Jesus comes to his hometown and is teaching in the synagogue and it is like they are suspicious of him because they knew him as a child.  Jesus states that a prophet is not without honor except in his home town and with his family.  Jesus calls the 12 and sends them out two by two and instructs them to take nothing with them for their journey, not even a change of clothes.  They are given power over demons and the power to heal the sick.  The story of the beheading of John the baptizer is told.  Then Jesus tries to take the disciples to an isolated place for some rest, but the crowd followed them and they feed the 5,000 men plus women and children with the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Jesus then sends the disciples across the water and he retreats to the mountain to pray.   The disciples were paddling against a head wind and made little progress through out the night.  Jesus was walking on the water across to the other side when the disciples saw him and were afraid.  Jesus got into the boat with them and the wind stopped and they then proceeded to the other side.

Wow, this chapter is packed with good stuff.  I especially like the reliance on God that the apostles had.  If we go somewhere to stay the weekend, we take a truck load of stuff.  They were to take nothing for their journey except for a staff.  What awesome faith.  I don’t have this faith.  As I go through my daily life, I don’t generally have the trust in God to dismiss all the distractions and be about his work. 

Have a great day,

Published in: on March 8, 2007 at 10:15 am  Leave a Comment  

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