Today you should read: Mark 6:1-29
Today, Kasey and I are on a trip to London and Rome. We had the privilege of praying together in Paul’s prison where he wrote books of the New Testament. We attended Spurgeon’s church on Sunday in London. We’ll be home tomorrow.
Chapter 6 is an interesting chapter – so much here. It comes right before the feeding of the 5,000. The chapter begins with Jesus teaching in His hometown of Nazareth. The people there did not give Him the respect He deserved, because He was a home-town boy – they knew Him and His brothers.
Verse 5-6 are extremely strong. The sick that were brought to Jesus (maybe due to the scuttle buff that they heard) – didn’t really believe in Him – they lacked faith that they could be healed – and they weren’t. Their lack of faith held back the healing. I know that these are dangerous theological waters – I fully believe that Jesus is God in every way including His Omnipotence. He’s Sovereign and in full power of everything. But you read it… He could do no miracle because of their unbelief. James reinforces this in James 5:14, “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick.”
I wonder how many times my lack of faith has held back a miracle in my life? That’s a sobering thought…
Remember the twelve that Jesus selected (from among all of the disciples that were following Him) last Monday in chapter 3? Today He sends them out. They’ve watched, learned, interned (while the Master watched), and now they are to go out on their own. How exciting!
This section ends in a sad way – the tragic death of John the Baptist. Killed because He (as a prophet) spoke truth. Truth has always been hated. Scripture tells us that, “men love the darkness rather than the Light for their deeds are evil.” Mark 3:19
Truth is still at a minimum today. We must stand for it! It makes all the difference in the world.
Posted by: Tim Parsons