Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday – Mark 6 – Covering Some Ground

HERE may not be a good way to summarize this chapter. Not only is it a long 56 verses, but Mark 6 covers no less than 6 different events. A listing of the sections of this chapter is a good place to begin. Mark 6:1-6 presents a view of how Jesus' own hometown neighbors refused to believe in Him. Mark 6:7-13 gives us an account of Jesus sending His disciples out on a sort of evangelism blitz. Mark 6:14-29 reveals how John the Baptist was killed. Mark 6:30-44 tells the familiar story of the feeding of the 5000. Mark 6:45-52 includes a description of Jesus walking on the water. And, Mark 6:53-56 covers some of the more obscure miracles of Christ in a place called Gennesaret.

In Mark 6:4 we read that Jesus said, "A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." It seems that this reality weighed heavy on Jesus' heart. Mark 6:6 indicates that Jesus marveled at the unbelief of those who were closest to him. It's a human reality though. Familiarity breeds contempt. If you walked past Niagara Falls on the way to and from work every day, you would eventually be able to walk by without any emotion at all. Although Jesus was perfect, to those who knew him best, He was just too human for them to swallow what their eyes and ears were telling them about Him.  "He's a carpenter!  We know his Mom and His siblings! How can He be anyone great?" These were the kinds of thoughts with which they wrestled.

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