Mark 6d Notes

Mark6d (vs45-56)                                      Notes



45 Immediately He made his disciples get into the boat


with urgency he compels the followers to depart by across   the lake


and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida,


He will follow them from NW to NE side


                                                          Note 1


while He dismissed the crowd.


too intense or prolonged interest in the material, prompts   Jesus to move them on


46 And after He had taken leave of them,


Not easy to get away, some would not go, so He had to   leave them                   Note 2


He went up on the mountain to pray.


after giving people another day of teaching and feeding, His   need to talk to Father


47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and   He was alone on the land.


logistics of the scene drawn out for us here at large


48 And He saw that they were making headway painfully, for   the wind was against them.


His spiritual needs aside, He watches over the 12, knows   their struggles / tortured in effort to row forward


And about the forth watch of the night He came to them,   walking on the sea.


by 3AM or so, the Master travels on foot across the water!


He meant to pass by them,


moving alongside, as though going on His own to the place   of their appointed meeting


49 but, when they saw Him walking on the sea they thought   is was a ghost, and cried out,


interrupted by their scream, "Phantom!"


50 for they all saw Him and were terrified.


eyes behold what mind cannot comprehend >> left them   greatly agitated


But immediately He spoke to them and said, "Take heart; it   is I. Do not be afraid."


to quench fears, familiar voice says, "It's Me. Have   courage, not phobia."




                                                          Note 3


51 And He got into the boat with them, and the wind   ceased.


A strange place / way of entering a boat -- already at sea.   With the Master all is calm.


And they were utterly astounded,


Lit: 'exceedingly out of their wits and superabundantly in   admiration'


52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their   hearts were hardened.


excessive amazement due to failure to grasp the   significance of His feeding 5K.




53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at   Gennesaret and moored to the shore.


now on the west side of the lake / tied the boat up /   Hebrew: Kinnereth            Note 4


54 And when they got out of the boat, the people   immediately recognized Him


come ashore and known by native folk / here healed to man   with 'legion' spirits


55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the   sick people on their beds to wherever they heard He was.


news spread and folks answered by coming to see Him / some   time spent here / many healed


56 And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or   countryside,


quite a service here worked upon the whole region


they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him


bringing ill out in public to meet Him / before begging Him   to leave


that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And   as many as touched it were made well.


unusual method of healing, but then all His miracles were   'unusual!' Effective -- as the Lord intends it to be.




Note1: Some record a Bethsaida just West of Capernaum, where folks could run to meet Him come ashore -- hear Him teach -- and be fed. Now they depart, across the feed waters to the lake, to Bethsaida Julias, toward the east.


Note2: Seems the people's interest -- now just 1 year away from the cross -- was peaking toward a physical kingdom. John tells us they wanted to 'take Him by force to make Him king!" (Jn6:15). The Lord wants to cools this hysteria.


Note3: Here (as per Mt14.28-31) Peter walks on water. Why does Mark NOT record this? (Neither do Luke or John). "Perhaps Peter is not fond of telling this story."(Robertson)


Note4:  The 180degree change in Genesaret attitude toward Jesus. Before they begged Him to leave; now they are begging Him to stay and heal. Takes time to change hearts.



notes by David Teel Saturday, May 03, 2014