From Pastor Perry

Mark 6:30–44 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 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. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

The twelve apostles returned from their evangelism tour and are wanting to update Jesus.  Jesus wants them to get away and take a break.   It is important for all of us to take a break from our weekly duties.  This is why the Lord has created the Sabbath, a day of rest.  But the people saw them and they crowd around them.  They were like sheep without a shepherd.  Jesus begins teaching them, but it is getting late in the day.  The people are hungry and we are about to experience the feeding of 5,000 from a Happy Meal.  Well, Happy Meal may not be the right name for the meal, but all they had were five loaves of bread and two fish.  Jesus blesses the food and begins dividing it.  The pieces end up feeding 5,000 and they have 12 baskets left over.  Now, these loaves and two fish could have been really HUGE, but let’s be realistic.  Fish that big would not be a persons lunch.   What we see is a miracle where Jesus provides for all.  This is a miracle.  I would imagine that none of the 5,000 ever forgot this miracle.  Jesus is the miracle maker, but more importantly... He is the Savior of the World.

I pray: O Lord, help me to place a higher value on your message and teachings than on your miracles.  It is your Word that bring Salvation to the lost.  Help me to cling to your messages and teachings.  Amen.

Mark 6:14–29 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

There is something about beheading someone that is very raw and evil.  We hear about John the Baptist’s death, where Herodias plans to have John killed.  Herod made a mistake when he told Herodias’s daughter “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”  Herod put himself in a bad position and it cost John his life.  We have had several beheadings in the news lately and it has rattled us all.  I’m sure John’s death was a reminder to Jesus as to what his future holds.  John was faithful unto death.  Jesus also was faithful unto death.  We to are to be faithful unto death.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be stand firm in my faith and to be faithful unto death.  Almost all of the Apostles died from persecution, yet the remain models to be imitated.  Let me not fear death, but to trust your promised of eternal life.  Amen.

Mark 6:14–29 (ESV)
The Death of John the Baptist
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

There is something about beheading someone that is very raw and evil.  We hear about John the Baptist’s death, where Herodias plans to have John killed.  Herod made a mistake when he told Herodias’s daughter “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”  Herod put himself in a bad position and it cost John his life.  We have had several beheadings in the news lately and it has rattled us all.  I’m sure John’s death was a reminder to Jesus as to what his future holds.  John was faithful unto death.  Jesus also was faithful unto death.  We to are to be faithful unto death.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be stand firm in my faith and to be faithful unto death.  Almost all of the Apostles died from persecution, yet the remain models to be imitated.  Let me not fear death, but to trust your promised of eternal life.  Amen.

Mark 6:7–13 (ESV)
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

Jesus is about to step up the evangelism outreach.  He is about to use a shotgun blast model.  Not the gun, but the blast where instead of a single bullet, you have buck shot scattering over a larger area.  Instead of Jesus (single bullet) spreading the gospel, he sends out the twelve apostles in groups of two.  Now there are 6 new evangelism teams going out to spread the gospel.  Not only is he starting to do team outreach, he also teaches them how to do it.  Take nothing with you except a staff.  He wants them to depend on the Lord providing for their needs.  The Lord will provide, but it will be through the people they are visiting.  They had no food, no bag, not money, only the clothes they were wearing.  He also gave them the power to cast out demons.  They went out and spread the gospel.  They didn’t throw money at evangelism, but got out of the chairs and actually did it!  They went out and casted out demons and healed the sick, while proclaiming that the people need to repent.

I pray: O Lord, help me to be more outreach minded.  Teach me and push me to step out and proclaim the Gospel.  Amen.

Mark 6:1–6 (ESV)
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.

Jesus travels to Nazareth, where he is a homeboy.  This is where he grew up... the people know him.  He goes and teaches in the synagogue and the people are astonished.  Probably thinking, isn’t this Mary and Joseph’s kid?  How did he get so smart!  They know his brothers and sisters and may be even thinking that they are not the brightest bulbs in the room... where did Jesus’s wisdom come from.  Well, we know that his wisdom came from God, because he is God.   It is hard for the people to see this fact, because they all think that Joseph is the father... not God.   They took offense at Jesus and the people had a hard time taking anything Jesus said seriously.

I pray: O Lord, I know I’m not the brightest bulb in the room, but you have given me wisdom to teach and preach the Gospel.  Help me to effectively teach others about Jesus and that he really is the Son of God.  Help me to teach the people to understand that he came from heaven to save souls.  Amen.

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05.03 | 22:15

Pastor. since I did not get to attend church today, I read your blog and found it
to be so informative for Ash Wednesday. Thanks for your comments.

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