Mark 6c Notes

Mark6c (vs30-44)                                      Notes



30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that   they had done and taught


appointed ambassadors convene to report to their Master on   their work


31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a   desolate place and rest a while."


repose, refreshment, rest needed after concentrated effort   of teaching. There is a time to work (Jn9.4) & a time to rest.


For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure   even to eat.


staying in town not conducive to rest -- still too many   duties calling


32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by   themselves.


shipped off on vacation to find a quiet 'lonesome' place


33 Now many saw them going and recognized them,


but they could not escape unnoticed -- people are watching   for opportunity


and ran there on foot from all the towns and got there   ahead of them.


intense interest to travel afoot -- to be wherever Jesus   is. Imagine this today.


34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had   compassion on them,


great welcoming committee with many faces, each drawing   His deep concern


because they were like sheep without a shepherd.


physically strong, but spiritually weak, in need of   leadership. He sees real need.


And He began to teach them many things.


Only He can provide the instruction they need. Vacation   suspended to tend to others


35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to Him and   said,


Another public teaching session goes on for hours. An   interruption suggested


"This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.


observing the obvious as adequate cause for a change in   activity...


36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside   and village


Present as long as He teaches: "Quit talking & dismiss   this assembly in the desert...


to buy themselves something to eat."


to go to town for supplies." Their solution: Fend for   themselves. Get rid of the needy.


37 But He answered them, "You give them something to eat."


Not embarrassed to engage disciples in service: "You feed   them." Unexpected.


And they said to Him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred   denarii worth of bread and give it them to eat?"


How? Spend most of year's wages for a snack for this mob?   Jesus sees another solution.


38 And He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go   and see."


OK. Count your provisions. Jesus expected them to use their   available resources.


And when they found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."


Only a small meal for a handful of folks. OK. Let's start   with what we have...


39 Then He commanded them all to sit down in groups on the   green grass.


Organization. Jesus sees order in this chaos. Will   expedite the following...


40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.


Picture a garden: neatly arranged in rows.


41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish,


Their scarce resources lifted up in His hands...


He looked up to heaven and said a blessing


Note posture of His prayer. 1) praising Father 2) asking   blessing on this meal


and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set   before the people.


Broke off pieces of bread and handed them out to the   disciples, who distributed as 'waiters' to the people                                    Note


And He divided the two fish among them all.


likewise the meat of fish (probably smoke cooked) parceled   out in pieces. Work!


42 And they all ate and were satisfied.


Every single person present at this grand picnic ate until   he was full.


43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces   and of the fish.


Leftovers not wasted. The Lord's provisions went beyond   their needs.


44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.


5K men (plus women and youngers?) personally fed on this   miracle meal.




Greek verb tense suggests the multiplying of the bread and fish happened in Jesus' hands. "He kept on giving the broken loaves out." The bread and fish 'healed' back as they were, reappeared where it was just removed, so that He kept on tearing off pieces.


Bread multiplied by 1000x the original amount / fish by over 2000x the original amount.


Yahweh once multiplied a gift of bread to Elisha by about 5x (2Kings4:42-44).


We tend to underestimate what God can do. Our resources, however small, are never too little to serve God. He delights in using our small things to serve His great purpose. Nor is the problem too large for our God to provide for.


We cannot calculate the cost of a service in terms of money or man-hours. If we do, we limit ourselves severely.


Jesus uses the agency of his disciples to serve the worlds needs. Even when miracles are in His hands, our physical service transfers His gift to others. And also, we are totally dependant on His supply to provide our ability to serve.


The Lord provides more than enough. These 15-20K people each ate until they were full. And then leftovers were collected 40-50x the quantity of food Jesus started with. The Lord is not stingy in giving.


notes by David Teel Saturday, April 26, 2014