Mark 7:24-30

The Crumbs Under the Table Mark moves immediately from a tense encounter with the Pharisees and scribes to Jesus’ “retreat” into the Gentile territory of Tyre and Sidon.  This contrast should not be missed.   Jesus has just rebuked the Jews for their false beliefs about unclean things.  The very next event Mark records is Jesus amongst an “unclean” people.  If the shadow of a … Continue reading Mark 7:24-30

Mark 7:1-23

WHAT REALLY DEFILES A PERSON Jesus again is confronted by the Pharisees.  You’ll remember these religious leaders previously took issue with what his disciples were doing on the Sabbath.  Now they raise the issue his disciples’ hand-washing habits.  We’ll consider their accusation and Jesus’ response. #1 The Accusation 1Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, … Continue reading Mark 7:1-23

Jesus is Calling

Mark 6:45-56 There is a saying we have to describe someone who is really good at what they do.  Someone who faces obstacles but moves forward unhindered.  Someone who seems to be untouched by the everyday issues of life.   We describe this person as one who “walks on water.”  This saying of course finds its origin in the gospels where Jesus actually walked on … Continue reading Jesus is Calling

Jesus Can Do a Lot with a Little

Mark 6:30-44 Here is the story of two banquets.  In the last passage, Herod threw a party to celebrate himself.  He invited all the VIPs of the day — nobles, military commanders, the leading men of town.  This was not a family-friendly affair and at the end John the Baptist is dead.  In our passage this week, Jesus is going to host a banquet as … Continue reading Jesus Can Do a Lot with a Little

Mark 6:7-13

On Mission for Jesus Jesus begins to fulfill his promise to his disciples that they would become “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17).  So far the disciples have followed Jesus around Galilee and the surrounding area witnessing but not fully participating in his ministry.  Now they will be sent out themselves.  Jesus preached and healed and exorcized demons, and now so too will his disciples. We … Continue reading Mark 6:7-13

Mark 6:1-6

Why Jesus Was Astonished   Throughout the Gospel of  Mark we’ve repeatedly seen Jesus demonstrate his lordship over disease, demons, and even death itself.  Everywhere he goes, the common response  seems to be one of amazement.  People are amazed at the authority with which he teaches.  Crowds are astounded at the impossible tasks he performs before their very eyes. At one point even his own disciples turn … Continue reading Mark 6:1-6