Studies in Mark – Mark 6:30-43
A – R – D – O – R
See also: Luke 7:30; Exodus 16:16-18; I Kings 17: 13-14; I John 4:7-9
Arrival – v. 32 – Jesus has been seeking time for himself in prayer and time with his disciples. When he does arrive at a spot where he intends to have that quiet time, he is greeted by the multitude.
Responsiveness – v. 33 – Jesus does not turn away those who hunger for a word of instruction. With loving patience he teaches the multitude through the day.
Desolation around the disciples – v. 35 – It is late, and the disciples are charged with the task of feeding the disciples. They are Jesus’ disciples, they are in the presence of the giver of life. Yet, they are blind. In their eyes there is desolation. They must learn that Jesus is the source of all. Their faith must increase.
Offering – v. 38-41 – Jesus receives an offering, and from that offering he provides all that is needed. Oh that we would give to Jesus what we can and should and let him work with it a miracle. The hungry are fed. No one goes without.
Remainder – v 42-43 – The disciples are instructed not to waste the food that is now available. They will need it for the journey. In Moses’ day instructions were given to the people to collect the manna. God wants us to collect our blessings, and God gives in abundance.
Exemplary story: The author, Robert Fulgum, writes about his joy in eating leftovers. I am not sure I could enjoy his late night snack of meatloaf, potatoes, and pie thrown into one dish. The man does enjoy his leftovers. Jesus disciples were able to dine on leftovers for some days I suppose. Every leftover for them was a lesson in faith and God’s abundant love.
Communion Meditation – Matthew 26:21-22 – An irresistible Self-reflection
When I was in middle-school some, of the teachers worried about student hygiene. Perhaps the dirt under the farm boy’s fingernails was a health threat. So, they installed full-length mirrors in the hallways.
The effect was pronounced. Middle school boys and girls began preening like never before. They found the mirrored self-reflection irresistible.
During the Last Supper something Jesus said acted like an irresistible mirror-image to make each disciple pause to look at himself.
Matthew 26:21 and 22 says: As they were eating, [Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray me.” And being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord?”
The original language says they were responding one after another. The participation rate was 100%. Believing the statement was for each of them they found it irresistible.
Were you listening to what he said? “One of you will betray me.”
Studies in Mark – Mark 3:13-19
See also: Matt. 5:2; Luke 16:12, 20; Acts 1:21-22, 5:15-16; John 13:21, 26-27; John 3:22; Acts 8:20-21
D – O – Z – E – N
Disciples – During his ministry Jesus had many disciples. From those he chose his Apostles, those whom he sent.
Ordained – After a night of prayer Jesus set aside twelve. In Luke’s Gospel we see the Sermon on the Mount as an ordination sermon.
Zoography – Study the apostles. You find they were with Jesus from his baptism to his resurrection and ascension. They were qualified eye witnesses. Can any who claim to be apostles today offer these credentials? I think not. They are apostles, but they represent the ecclesiastical body that sends them.
Empowered – A student in Bible study resisted this teaching. The apostles had authority unlike the disciples of their times. They were empowered to lay hands upon the sick, to heal to cast out demons.
Names and Nominees – Read again the list of names. Simon called Peter, James, John, etc. What a diverse group. Some were extraverts and some were introverts. Some were rich and some were poor. Some were common and some were of the priest class. Some were from the city, and some were from the country. It really does take all kinds of disciples to do the work of the Lord.
Exemplary story: A family member presented me with a dozen eggs. The eggs were given by a church lady to another family member. I was the final recipient of the gift. When I opened the carton of eggs I found white, brown, and blue eggs. Yes, some hens do lay blue eggs. When I cracked the eggs, I found they each had a white and yoke. Though the disciples differed one from another they were each a son of Adam and they each had a message for the children of God.