Pastors Lauren and Chris continue our Gospel of Mark series with part 7. This session covers a large section of scripture from Mark 6:30 all the way through Mark 8:30. And the biggest theme through these chapters is the continued grace that Jesus has for and with everyone. Wether is it the crowds and people who are gathering or even the disciples.
It says in Mark 6:34, “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.” The compassion that Jesus had for the people who would gather no matter where He traveled was incredible. Jesus truly loved them. No matter what was their reasoning for coming to see Him. Jesus knew they were lost, hurting, and in need of a Savior.
Jesus also cared deeply for the disciples. It says in Mark 8:21, “And he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?'” For the majority of us that might sound kinda harsh, but Jesus follows that up by teaching them more. Walking through what He has been trying to explain again and again and again did not bother Jesus. Therefore, He truly wanted them to understand and learn about the mission that God had sent Him on.
And even in the midst of this you can see small snippets of people who are just in the town and along the road and in the fields that have more faith than those who are closest to Jesus. By faith people are healed who come to Him. Jesus not only can heal by people touching his clothes.
In addition, Jesus can also heal from a distance. The Syrophoenician Woman’s daughter faithfully healed just by her going and talking with Jesus. Daughter healed at home in bed not in the presence of Jesus. The deaf man is healed and the blind man at Bethsaida.
However at the end in verse 29 of chapter 8, Peter finally gets it! Mark 8:29, “And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.'”Overall, I think the greatest thing that Jesus shows here is that He is not taken back by people’s lack of faith. This is something that He doesn’t go, “Pushhh, fine, then you don’t have faith, I won’t heal you.” He continues to teach them and show them. His power shines through in his grace for those He encounters. That is almost even more powerful than healing people. Sitting there with them in the midst of their lack of understanding and being willing to go through it all again.
- What do you think the people eating the bread Jesus had just multiplied would have thought?
- In what ways have you been tempted to take God’s generosity for granted?
- Why does Jesus rebuke the Pharisees in 7:5–13?
- In what ways are they hypocrites?
- Have you added self-made “rules” that make you feel more holy, in your sight?
- In what ways have you added to the gospel, like the Pharisees did?
- What “external” things are you blaming your sin on?
- What has to happen for you to allow Jesus to change your heart?
- In what ways do you feel you see Jesus more clearly now?
- How does this passage increase your understanding of him and his mission?