Finding his newly-appointed pastor sta citynding at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city’s tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: “Don’t worry. After you’ve been here a while, you’ll get used to it.” Resp … More
Jesus and His disciples again move back to the east-side of the Sea of Galilee and are surrounded by a large crowd with nothing to eat (vv. 1-5). As usual the Lord saw a need and He wanted to supply the need. From the wording here it would seem that the disciples had soon forgotten how the Lord had fed the five thousand before. Perhaps they were just suggesting that it was impossible unless He provides another miracle.Again we see how He gets all the people all seated on the ground (vv. 6-7). He took seven small loaves of biscuit like bread and a few small fish (probably like sardines) and blessed it and had the disciples serve the people. After everyone had eaten all they wanted they took up seven baskets of leftovers (v. 8). It seems the word used for baskets here is different than the word used in Mark 6:44. In the former passage it was a basket in which the Jew carried his food and similar in shape to a water pot. Here the type of basket was much larger like a clothes hamper and similar to the one the Apostle Paul was let down in over the wall of Damascus (Acts 9:25). This time the crowd numbered four thousand (v. 9). The two main thoughts are that Jesus was moved by compassion for the need of men and the disciples saw the practical difficulty of finding enough food in this desert place.Over and over again we see Jesus moved with compassion for men. All too often the first instinct of too many people is not to help. Once I talked with a man about the dangers of a certain stretch of road on the way to the town where we were. “Yes,” he said. “It’s a bad road. I saw a crash on it as I drove here today.” “Did you stop and help?” I asked. “Not me,” he said, “I wasn’t going to be held up by getting mixed up in a thing like that.” It is human to want to avoid the trouble of giving help; it is divine to be moved with such compassion and pity that we are compelled to help.
It is human to not want to take the time and go the extra trouble to help people in need. It is divine to be moved with compassion and pity to where I am compelled to help. I want to feel compelled to help someone in need, and then to share with them from my own experience.
In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away." And his disciples answered him, "How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?" And he asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven." And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.
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Mark 5:1-10The Demon Possessed Man at Gerasa
Mark 5:11-20Two Thousand Hogs Drown
Mark 5:21-34Hemorrhaging Woman Healed
Mark 5:35-43Jesus Heals Jairus Daughter
Mark 6:1-6Jesus returns to His home town of Nazareth
Mark 6:7-13Jesus sends His disciples as missionaries
Mark 6:14-29Mark tells about the death of John the Baptist
Mark 6:30-44Feeding of the 5000
Mark 6:45-52Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Mark 6:53-56Crowd wanting to be healed
Mark 7:1-13Conflict with the religious leaders over laws
Mark 7:14-23Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations
Mark 7:24-30Jesus casts a demon out of a Gentile daughter
Mark 7:31-37Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment
Mark 8:1-9Jesus feeds 4000 with 7 baskets leftover
Mark 8:10-21The Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign from heaven
Mark 8:22-30Jesus heals a blind man gradually
Mark 8:31-38Jesus warns His disciples that He is going to die
Mark 9:1-8Jesus takes 3 of His disciples to a high mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three disciples question about the transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The disciples are helpless and ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples arguing about who is the greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.
Mark 10:1-12Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?
Mark 10:13-22Possessions don’t help you obtain eternal life
Mark 10:23-31Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God
Mark 10:32-45Willingness to give extra service
Mark 10:46-52Every male Jew must attend passover
Mark 11:1-11Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus cursed the fig tree and it dried up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus questioned on His authority