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Mark | Ch. 6 | Part 2

From Daniel's Desk on 4/3/2020

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My Title: Be ABOUT God's Work


My Verse: 50

50 "for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke to them and said, 'Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid,'"

My Response:

I've never read this story from this perspective. Jesus' disciples were weary from ministry and they wanted rest. They are annoyed that Jesus wouldn't send the crowd home so they could all rest and eat. Instead, Jesus puts them to work and even tells them He expects THEM to feed the crowd. Their hearts are hard so they miss the lesson and what Jesus is doing completely. So, Jesus puts them in the boat alone, without Him. JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. THEY ARE NOW SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD. Jesus INTENDED to walk by them but when they cry out in fear He stops and has compassion on them too. We ALL need Jesus.

Jesus gets into the boat. The wind ceases. NOW they are astounded... their hearts were hardened because they didn't UNDERSTAND the loaves. - They didn't want to do the work to feed the 5000. They were tired and wanted rest. They thought they were going to get it. They were sassy about helping Jesus feed the 5000+ because their hearts are hard. < I love this actually. Mark is pointing out their bad attitude because of their circumstances and how Jesus doesn't just meet the needs of the 5000. He also meets the needs of his 12 closest friends... by dealing with their hearts.