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Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Today we consider two transitional passages. The first is the return of Jesus’ followers from their mission. It transitions to feeding the 5,000 (to be explored another time).

Jewish crowds will not let the disciples retreat to rest. The second passage occurs after Jesus walks on water (explored at another time). It relates a summary of his ministry in Gennesaret, where crowds of Gentiles bring their sick to be healed.

In Mark 6:30–34, for the first and only time, Mark labels the disciples as “apostles,” which means those who are sent. Mark records their mission favorably, one of the few times he presents them in a positive light.

Jesus hears their report and encourages them to retreat to the desert and rest. The crowds have become so demanding that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. The comment foreshadows feeding the 5,000.

When the disciples retreat by boat, the crowds anticipate their destination and hurry to meet them. Instead of expressing frustration, Jesus “had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (v. 34). Wisdom dictates that they retreat. Compassion urges them to minister. Then, as now, finding a balance is difficult. Sheep never stop needing a shepherd.

The image of aimless sheep without a shepherd is found in Numbers 27:17, 1 Kings 22:17, Jeremiah 23:1–4, and Ezekiel 34:1–16. The passage in Ezekiel repeats God’s promise to seek the sheep, feed them, water them, and care for them. Mark’s audience also would be familiar with Psalm 23, which presents God as the Good Shepherd.

Mark identifies Jesus as the agent of God and hints at fulfilling this prophetic tradition. Although modern Christians are familiar with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, it was not so in Mark’s day. Mark mentions shepherds only twice. In the second passage Jesus predicts his disciples’ desertion (Mark 14:27). He quotes

Zechariah 13:7, “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” Both of Mark’s passages refer to irresponsible or absent shepherds who leave the sheep scattered. His first audience may have assumed the religious and political leaders of the day were the shepherds who had failed in their duty and left the sheep leaderless.

It also may be a warning against “shepherds” who neglect their service to promote their own welfare. Jesus responds to the needs of the aimless sheep by putting aside his agenda for rest and renewal.

Today’s passage continues with Jesus and his disciples again crossing to Gentile territory. Mark often sets up a contrast between those who recognize and accept Jesus and those who do not. When the disciples witnessed Jesus walking on the water, they did not recognize him.

But the Gentiles on the far shore recognized him and “rushed about that whole region” (v. 55) to provide opportunities for Jesus to heal the sick. Their wish to touch even the fringes of his garment (the tassels that hung at the corners of his mantle) shows faith and trust in the result.

This brief summary of healing and acceptance contrasts with the next chapter. The Gentiles of Gennesaret were eager to follow and be made whole. The Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’ country refused his authority and power. Will the disciples eventually come to recognize him?

Mark’s audience waits to find out.    

 

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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:45 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Sept. 9th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study  Group 
9:00 AM 2nd and 4rth Wks
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM

   

 Coming Events:

 

 Aug. 5: Annual Swim Party

 

 Aug. 15:  Back to School 
   Celebration

 

Aug. 26: Pastor & CFO
    Gathering @ Topeka

 

Sept. 8:  LDS Seeker Class,
    John Wight  @ Topeka

 

 

 Summer Camping:


July 5–7: Youth Quest

July 8–13: Chihowa Reunion

July 18–20: International 
  Youth Forum

July 21–28: Spectacular

July 22–27: MITIOG

July 29–Aug 2: Junior Camp

 

   

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Next Pot Luck Dinner:

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