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GOSPEL OF MARK NT352

FALL 2016
Jesus is Rejected
Mark 6:1-29

JESUS IS REJECTED AT 

NAZARETH 1-6
• His Hometown and Trade 1-3



His hometown from childhood – Nazareth, not Capernaum
Wisdom and mighty works – undeniable yet this clashes with their perception of him
They knew Jesus as “the carpenter and the son of one” (Mt 13:55)
They knew Jesus as “the son of Mary” with these other brothers and sisters

His home town
of Nazareth is
quite a
distance from
his ministry
base in
Capernaum

JESUS IS REJECTED AT 

NAZARETH 1-6
• His People’s Unbelief 4-6
• Those nearest to him had the least faith (until resurrection)
• How can Jesus, the Son of God, be “unable to do a mighty work” anywhere?
• Jesus Marveled at their unbelief – he marveled only twice in New Testament:
• Faith of centurion – where one would not expect faith (Matt 8:10)
• Lack of faith in Nazareth – where one would expect it! (Mk 6:6)

JESUS SENDS OUT THE 

TWELVE DISCIPLES 7-13
• He Instructed Them and Sent Them 7-11
• After a time with the teacher they must step out in faith for hands on experience
• He sent them in teams of two – what are the reasons he did it this way?
• In accordance with the law to establish a truth (Deut 19:15; Mt 18:16)
• Ministry and the Christian walk is not a “do it yourself” solo experience

• He gave them authority for the mission and then limited their resources

JESUS SENDS OUT THE 

TWELVE DISCIPLES 7-13
• The Disciples Preached and Delivered and Healed 12-13



They preached that people should repent – notice this was first in order
They cast out demons – spiritual emancipation is part of the gospel!
They anointed the sick with oil – not a formality but a medicinal practice
They healed them above and beyond anointing with oil = immediate

JOHN THE BAPTIST IS 

BEHEADED 14-29
• Various Ideas of who Jesus was 14-16
• The news of Jesus’ work and His ministry His team became well known

JOHN THE BAPTIST IS 

BEHEADED 14-29
• Mark Recounts John’s Death 21-29
• Strange but true, Herod used to visit and listen to John gladly while in prison
• Herodias, NOT Herod, resented John for fear of losing her royal position – note:
• Herodias was first the wife of Herod’s half-brother Phillip = sister-in-law!
• She was ALSO daughter of Herod’s other half-brother Aristobulus = niece!
• This is Herod Antipas son of Herod the Great (ordered death of children)
• Herod in pride makes a foolish promise – people act foolishly when intoxicated
• Herod chose public opinion and to save his self image over doing what is right

GOSPEL OF MARK NT352
FALL 2016
Jesus is Rejected
Mark 6:1-29

Gospel of Mark NT352

Fall 2016
THE POWER OF THE SON OF GOD
MARK 6:30-56

Jesus Calls the Disciples to 

Rest with Him 30-32
Disciples Return from Being Sent Out 30-32

◦ They are back from the mission of preaching, delivering and healing (7-13)
◦ Jesus calls them to rest with Him in a deserted place alone – they needed it!
◦ How do we know we are headed for burnout, not being refreshed?

Jesus Feeds the 

Five Thousand 33-44
Multitude Arrives Ahead of Disciples and Jesus 33-36

◦ The crowd knew the spot they were planning to go to and arrived first
◦ Disciples state the obvious and suggest sending away the people - why?

Jesus Feeds the 

Five Thousand 33-44
Jesus Multiplies the Bread and Fish 37-44

◦ Before Jesus intervenes, He involves the disciples “You give them to eat!”
◦ Love for Jesus translates into loving others – we love in deed not in word only
◦ Jesus gives an impossible command – 12 must feed 5,000 with no resources
◦ They have only five barley loaves and two fish – enough for a family of four

Jesus’ Disciples Gather
Twelve Baskets of
Surplus Food (Mark
6:43).
Artist Unknown,
Mosaic inside Chora
Church, Istanbul.
Photograph copyright
© Roy Brown.

Jesus Walks on 

Water 45-52
Jesus sends away the Disciples and the Multitude 45-46

◦ Jesus made (forced) the disciples to leave by boat ahead of him for Bethsaida
◦ Jesus again taught and DEMONSTRATED servant leadership by example
◦ Jesus goes alone to pray while the disciples were crossing over

Bethsaida was
located on the
north shore of
the Sea of
Galilee.
Gennesaret was
a plain on the
northwest side
of the Sea
between
Tiberias and
Capernaum.

Jesus Walks on 

Water 45-52
Jesus Sees Disciples Straining on the Sea 47-48

◦ Mark draws our attention to the boat on the sea and to Jesus alone on the land
◦ Fourth watch of the night = between 3 and 6 am (minimal visibility in moonlight)
◦ Struggling for their obedience not for their self-will = the life of discipleship!

THE SEA
OF
GALILEE
Photo
taken
from a
boat.

Jesus Walks on 

Water 45-52
Disciples Think Jesus is a Ghost 49-52

◦ Jesus definitely has a great sense of humor - was passing them by quietly!
◦ This is the account when Peter walks on the water to Jesus (Mt 14:28-33)
◦ If he commands us he will also enable us to do it as we respond in faith
◦ We always sink when we focus on our surroundings rather than God’s Word

Jesus Walks
on Water
Tintoretto
(1518–1594).

Jesus Heals the Sick 

at Gennesaret 53-56
Arrival at Gennesaret 53-56

◦ The crowds and response throughout the villages were at epic proportions
◦ People now implored him to touch the fringe of his garment – why?

Gospel of Mark NT352

Fall 2016
THE POWER OF THE SON OF GOD
MARK 6:30-56