Notes Mark 6 B
Last week we looked Jesus trip to Nazareth and how the people could not get past what they saw in the natural and how limited views causes limited living. We also saw how Jesus sent out the disciples to minister and that the name of Jesus was magnified. Finally we ended the lesson with the story of the death of John the Baptist.
And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
And the apostles (this is the first and only time in the book of Mark; the disciples are called apostles; I believe it is to separate them from the disciples of John in the previous verse.) gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
I can only imagine how excited the disciples were when they recounted the stories of their ministry experiences to Jesus.
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Yet it had to have been a mixed bag of emotions as they recount the stories but then they hear of the death of Jesus cousin John.
Remember the “his disciples” verse 29 that took of the body of John were the disciples of John not the twelve that followed Jesus.
Verse 31- 32
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
So Jesus and the disciples get into a boat heading for a desert place on the other side of the sea. I want you to see that the word desert place is not the word “void of water” but it really means lonesome, solitary or wilderness.
And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
Now this would have been a 4 mile trip by boat but a 10 mile trip around the sea to the other side. These people who had gathered around Jesus and His disciples so wanted to be with Jesus that the scriptures said they “out went” them, Jesus is trying to escape the crowds to get him and his disciples some rest only to arrive on the other side to find the same people they had left behind.
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
But Jesus has compassion on them. He does not get out of the boat and say, Hay, leave us alone, we are trying to rest here. No Jesus has compassion on them. Mark goes on to tell us why, it was because Jesus saw them as a people without a shepherd. We have seen the religious people of the day and Jesus knew they did not have anyone to love them, have compassion on them or to teach them.
And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
Now I want you to see that this next miracle is the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels. Mark may or may not have been there but Mark would not have been among the disciples but as we said before Mark received much of his first hand information from Peter.
First Jesus and his disciples are in a solitary place and Jesus has spent the day teaching. The day is drawing to a close and the disciples come to Jesus and suggest that he send the people away. Now there really is not a desperate need at this point for the people to eat. They have only been with them for the day; it is not like the second time Jesus feeds the multitude because they have been with them 3 days without food. So Jesus is doing this for a specific reason.
Also I want you to see that Peter’s recollection of this miracle is very vivid.
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
Do you remember why Jesus had compassion on them when he found them on the other side of the sea…it was because they had no shepherd.
Jesus in a teaching mode as usual tells the disciples…you give them something to eat.
First principle: If you are a mature disciple of Jesus he expects you to be feeding someone.
The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
But the disciples say HOW! Looking at things in the natural.
He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
Second principle: Start with what you have!
Jesus asks his disciples, what do you have?
If we look at the needs around us and we look at our puny resources we know we do not have enough. But if we will look at the need, inventory our resources and bring them to God….He will make a way!
If you want God to work a miracle in your life you must by faith start with what you have. Most people want God to move but they want to see the end result or the abundance; the full supply before they move but Jesus is saying Start with what you have. Move out by faith with the talent that you have. Move out by faith with the knowledge that you have. Move out by faith with the resources that you have. We bring the bread, but he multiplies it. We fill the jars with water, but he turns it into wine. But start with what you have.
And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
Notice how vivid Peter’s memory of this event was. He describes the “green grass”. Then that word translated “ranks” actually means an onion patch or garden plot.
Peter remembers seeing all these people sitting on the hillsides in the grass and he says they look like rows of flourishing vegetables. See picture of onion fields in bloom.
The whole scene looks in Peters mind like a beautiful garden.
This is the desire of the Lord, He desire you to flourish…listen to Isaiah 58:11
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
Principle three: The disciples take what they have to Jesus…they start with what they have and He blesses it and multiplies it and causes it to be more than enough…not just enough but more than enough!
For he is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you could ask or think. Ephesians 4:20
But notice Jesus does not cause it to fall down from heaven…He gives it back to the disciples and they distribute it.
But there is another principle here as well.
Principle four Jesus is the bread of life.
John 6:32-35 Jesus proclaims, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not the bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world….I am the bread of life…”
He is the bread of life, He is our strength, He is our nourishment. But how do we partake of this bread of life?
The same why they did.
A. They desired to be in his presence…they out ran the boat.
B. They desired to hear his word. Jesus is the word made flesh. But they listen to His words.
C. They received from His hand.
Remember the Sermon on the Mount that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled.
Verses 45-51 THIS STORY IS A GREAT PICTURE OF EXPERANCEING GOD!
At this point I want you to turn to Matthew’s version on this event because it is a little more detailed than Marks. So let’s go to
And straightway he constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before him unto the other side, till he should send the multitudes away.
When we look at this scripture we see that Jesus “Constrained” the disciples to go the other side, the Greek word for constrained means “to compel or of necessity”. In a since we see that Jesus was telling the disciples it was necessary for them to go to the other side.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS CONSTRAINING US TO GO TO THE OTHER SIDE!!!!!!!!!!!
For the lost it is to come out of darkness into the light, or to change kingdoms.
For the saved it is to move forward in God.
Notice Jesus said go before him. We must act on the word of God and He will be there.
WE MUST TURN OUR KNOWLEDGE INTO EXPERANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is nothing I would rather hear then have one of you tell me how you put into practical practice that you have learned either from these teachings or even from one of the books that are available to check out.
When the spirit of God quickens “makes alive” something someone has said He is doing that for a reason. He either wants you to grow in that area or apply in your life in some way.
DO NOT LET THAT FALL TO THE GROUND. DO NOT LET THE SEED FALL ON STONY SOIL.
Bring up Hebrews 5:12-14
For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. For every one that partaketh of milk is without EXPERIENCE of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But solid food is for fullgrown men, even those who by reason of USE have their senses EXERCISED to discern good and evil.
I think I have said this before but it bears repeating.
Faith is a noun it is always used as a noun never a verb. A noun is a person, place of thing. Faith is a thing it is something you possess.
Romans 12:3 tells us. God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith.
You have faith but the word believe is a verb and a verb is an action word.
I want to take the time to tell you two stories.
Wheel barrel and Smith Wigglesworth story.
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Now Jesus has given them instructions to go to the other side and He goes into the mountain to pray.
What a wonderful picture this is of Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have…
Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
VERSE 24 THE WIND WAS CONTRARY.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
This word means opposite. The prince of the power of the air was coming against them trying to keep them from fulfilling the will of God for their lives at that time.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
In the fourth watch which is somewhere between 3:00-6:00 AM
Two points I want to make here. First they have been toiling for some time. Jesus sent them out at evening it is now between 3:00-6:00 in the morning. I think Jesus was seeing if they would have faith. They have already seen Jesus calm the seas they have already experienced having power of demons, what will they do.
Verse 25 B
Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
Jesus comes to them walking on the water.
The very thing that was opposing them Jesus walks upon.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Now I believe that one reason the disciples did not show faith over the storm was it was familiar to them. It is sometimes things that are familiar to us that it is hard to have faith over. If poverty runs in your family it is sometimes hard to believe for prosperity. If cancer runs in your family it is sometimes hard to believe for healing. They are familiar things as was this storm and then to top it off they begin to move in superstition.
It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
It was and still is in some areas a common believe if a sailor saw an apparition by night it was a sure sign of shipwreck.
Fear is the opposite of faith and now they have moved even further away from faith into superstition.
People do this today in believing that poverty or sickness is a family curse that cannot be broken. But
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[a]), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Promise of the Spirit….You do not know what you have…I want to take just a moment and look back at
2 Samuel 6:10-12
So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household. And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
At that time the Spirit dwelt upon the ark...if you have the Spirit you have all good things.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Jesus says just about the same thing in John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
All throughout scripture the Lord has told us not to fear for fear is opposed or opposite to faith.
Remember what Jesus said to Jarius just a few chapters ago when he received the report that his daughter had died. Fear not Only believe.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear
The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid.
He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Fear not, neither be dismayed, for the Lord is with thee.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
If it be thou?
Many times in the midst of our mess in the midst of our storm the Lord appears and we do not recognize Him.
Peter asks; is that you Lord. If so bid me to come.
This in not a lack of faith it is a matter of perceiving the Lord in the midst of your storm and moving towards Him.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Jesus always admires faith.
The dictionary definition of faith is:
A steadfast assurance in the trustworthiness of another.
Peter was trusting the fact that if Jesus said he could walk on the water on top of his problems HE COULD!
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me
Boisterous ---Story of Carol. ….Fear took over
Verse 31 Immediately
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
The word little is found 77 times in the New Testament but the Greek word translated “little” here was only used 5 times and each time it was used it was by Jesus when he said “oh you of little faith.
The word means
Lacking confidence or incredulous
unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
With Jesus in the midst the wind ceased. ALL things are possible WITH GOD!
THE RESULT WAS WORSHIP VERSE 33
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.