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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
The life story of Jesus in the gospel of Mark began in Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Check out the links for those if you haven’t already. So far, I’ve been sharing summaries on each chapter in Mark’s gospel in the Holy Bible. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s instalment of Mark’s gospel as we venture into Chapter 6.
Last time, there were two stories in Chapter 5 of Mark’s gospel. First there was the time when Jesus restored a demon-possessed man and sent the legion of demons out of him into a herd of pigs. Secondly, Jesus raised a little girl who was dead back to life and he healed a sick woman in a crowd.
Let’s find out what Jesus does in Chapter 6 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 6
Chapter 6 begins with Jesus returning to his hometown with his disciples accompanying him. It was the time of the Sabbath and Jesus began to teach in the synagogue. Many were amazed at his teachings. They wondered how he performed miracles and what wisdom that has been given to him.
Jesus then told everyone that “A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” From then, Jesus couldn’t do any miracles apart from laying his hands on a few sick people and healing them. Many people lacked faith and Jesus was amazed by it.
Later on, Jesus soon sent out his twelve disciples as he went around teaching from village to village. He sent them out two by two and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits. The instructions Jesus gave were, “Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bad, no money in your belts.”
He also told them to “Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.” The disciples were told that whenever they enter a house, they are to stay there until they leave a particular town. They were told that if a place didn’t welcome or listen to them, they are to leave that place and shake the duff off their feet.
This was to be a testimony against the people of that town. Thus the twelve disciples went out and preached to the people of every town they visited. They told the people that they should repent for their sins. The disciples also drove out many demons and healed many sick, anointing them with oil.
It was at that time when John the Baptist was beheaded. King Herod had heard about Jesus, since the name had been well-known by then. Many said that Jesus was John the Baptist who had been raised from the dead. Others said that Jesus was Elijah. Others said he was a prophet from long ago.
King Herod said that John the Baptist, who he beheaded, had been raised from the dead. Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested; be bound up and put in prison. This was because he married Herodias, his brother’s wife. John had told Herod it was unlawful to marry his brother’s wife.
Thus Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted him killed. She wasn’t able to do it since Herod feared John for being a righteous and holy man. The opportunity came on Herod’s birthday where he held a banquet for his high officials; his military commanders and also for the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias’ daughter came in and danced for King Herod which pleased him and his dinner guests. The king told the girl to ask him anything she wanted and promised with an oath that he’d give it to her. The girl, on her mother’s behalf, asked for the head of John the Baptist. Herod became so distressed.
Thus, because of his oath and dinner guests, Herod had an executioner sent to bring him the head of John the Baptist on a platter. The execution did this in the prison where John was. The head was presented on a platter to the girl who gave it to her mother. John’s body was buried by his disciples.
Back with Jesus, his disciples gathered around him and reported to him all they’d done and taught. This was when so many people came by. The disciples didn’t have a chance to eat as Jesus told them to come with him to a quiet place and get some rest. They then went off in a boat to a solitary place.
Many people saw them leaving and recognised them. They ran on foot from the towns to get ahead of them. When Jesus and the disciples got to the solitary place, a large crowd had gathered. Jesus had compassion and he began to teach many things. The crowd were like sheep without a shepherd.
It was late in the day by then, so Jesus’ disciples told him that he should send the crowd of people away and that they should buy something to eat. Jesus then told the disciples to give the crowd something to wear. But the disciples didn’t have any food until they’d found five loaves and two fish.
Jesus then directed the disciples to have the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. Once this was done, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and gave thanks to God for them. He broke the five loaves and gave them out to disciples to distribute to the people. Jesus divided the two fish too.
The people ate the five loaves and two fish and were satisfied. After this, the twelve disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. It was counted that there were five thousand who ate the loaves of bread and two fish, not counting the women and children I’m afraid.
After that, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat they used earlier to go on ahead of him to Bethsaida while he dismissed the crowd. The disciples did as they told as Jesus then went up to a mountainside to pray. Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake and Jesus was on land.
The wind was against the disciples when they were strained at the oars at night. Shortly before the dawn, Jesus went out to meet the disciples by walking on the lake. The disciples saw Jesus and thought he was a ghost. They were terrified as Jesus told them to take courage and not to be afraid.
Jesus joined them in the boat as the wind died down. The disciples were amazed and their hearts were hardened as they didn’t’ understand about the loaves and fish. They eventually arrived in Gennesaret and people recognised Jesus once they’d got there. They spread the word in that region.
People carried the sick on mats to wherever Jesus was. Wherever Jesus went in villages, towns or the countryside, the people placed the sick on mats in the marketplaces. The people begged Jesus to let them touch his cloak. All of those sick people that touched Jesus were healed from their illnesses.
That’s it for Chapter 6 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 7.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!