Mark 6a Notes

Mark6 (vs1-13)                                Notes



1 He went away from there and came to his hometown,


from Capernaum to Nazareth - at crest (~2   years) of Galilean work -- back 'home.'


and his disciples followed Him


Left a common man, returned a mature rabbi with itinerate school   of followers.


2 And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue,


Where he had started (Lk4:16). Final visit for teaching in   his 'home church.'


and many who heard Him were astonished,


from 'strike' or 'pound' >> to be 'smitten' by his   astounding teaching (1.22)


saying, "Where did this man get these things?


admitting the evidence -- His word and work -- but   questioning the source


What is the wisdom given to Him?


We've never seen this before, so what kind of wisdom is   it?


How are such mighty works done by His hands?"


We can't explain how he got this, so we're not sure it is   even real


3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary


We know him (a man IS what he DOES), his work, his mother...   (How could he be other than we know?)                                    Note1


and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?


his brothers -- each by name. Obviously, Jesus was not an   only child.


And are not his sisters here with us?"


even sisters, who still lived there in Nazareth. Mary had 7+ children.


And they took offense at Him.


"Scandalized" (from trap stick or snare). Their   expectations stumble at His virtue.


4 And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor,


God's mouth piece / spokesman deserves respect -- and has   it from some...


except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his   own household."


but not from his familiars. We say 'breeds contempt.' We think   to control that which we know and so make less of it.


5 And He could do no mighty work there,


Lack of reception limited his effectiveness in their   presence. Small minds receive small gifts.                                                 Note2


except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and   healed them.


He did tend to some individual needs. Thankfully the Lord   loves the minority.


6a And He marveled because of their unbelief.


He is in wonder / amazement at lack of faith where it   should be. (OR Lk7.9)



Note1: Jesus was a tekton (Gk): technician, one working with his hands, applying knowledge in craft to practical building. First use as wood worker. (Justin Martyr reports wooden objects made by him.) Later use includes stone and metal, as used to frame houses, even synagogue meeting places.


Note2: God may work to produce belief, but not With Unbelief. He extends partnership to faith. We must exhibit something He can work with. Rejection of His offer results in its withdrawal. If we insist, He is willing to leave us to our own devises. How dismal!



6b And He went about among the villages teaching.


(New para). Out to other villages on the final surge of   his teaching campaign.


7 And He called the twelve and began to send them out two   by two,


This third tour of Galilee   -- with disciples as assistant preachers - working in pairs.


and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.


This power must be given by God. Imagine how tentative   their 1st use of it!


8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except   a staff -


Messengers like Master: a stick to assist in walking,   facilitate travel...                     Note3


no bread, no bag, no money in their belts -


not self-sufficient, but dependent on Father and others...


9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.


feet shod & enough clothing, but no extra. Faith   appears to some irresponsible.      Note4


10 And He said to them, "Whenever you enter a house,


Assumed they would find hospitality. Test of country-men   caring for strangers.


stay there until you depart from there.


Honor 1st generous host as guests and not   house-hop as long-term indigents.


11 And if any place will not receive you


Not even a host-home in that town -- an inhospitable 'place.'   Closed-hearted town.


and they will not listen to you,


did not want these strangers nor their message. Not listen   = disobey.


when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as   a testimony against them."


Following an earnest but not-prolonged offer, leave even   their dust behind!     Note5


12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should   repent.


Trained and commissioned, they went.


Gist of their message: "Repent!"            Note6


13 And they cast out many demons


Exercised the power they were given. Exciting work! (cf   Lk10.17)


and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.


Ministered to physical illness and brought healing --   accelerated by divine power.



Note3: Disciples sent out as the Son had been (Jn20:21).


Note4: Too much stuff impedes the message. The gospel is simple; we need to keep it simple. Enter the Lord's service without all your trappings. Focus on His business: teaching and changing lives. How can they trust God if the preacher does not?


Note5: Gesture Jews would make when leaving a Gentile city. "We don't even track your dust out with us." Un-receptive people were regarded as Gentiles, unbelievers.


Note 6: How preaching is done: go out where the people are and tell them about Jesus. The primary requirement for coming to God is repentance. Sorrow for sin. Humility before God. Acceptance of His will. Conforming to His ways.


notes by David Teel Saturday, April 12, 2014