DIV2/5: GALILEAN ACTIVITIES

This Unit is about more miracles of Jesus which he performed in the book of Mark.

CHAPTER 6:1-16, JESUS IS REJECTED AT NAZARETH.

Nazareth was his home town. He’s own people and relatives can’t believe that Jesus is a prophet of God. They see him as a common man, the son of a carpenter whose brothers like James were around. This fulfills the picture of the suffering servant of God in Isaiah53: 3-4 this story was important to the early Christians some of whom were being denied by their family members after being converted to Christianity. The incidence reflects the messianic secrecy in the gospel.

THIS VIDEO IS ABOUT HOW JESUS WAS REJECTED AT NAZARETH

VERSE 7-13 THE FIRST MISSION OF THE TWELVE DISCIPLES.

This was the foundation of the missionary activities. This was part of the training Jesus was giving his apostles. It is not clear exactly where they went. They were instructed to wholly depend on God’s providence. They were also instructed to welcome the good news of the kingdom of God.

VERSE 14-29 IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.

This story wasn’t part of the gospel because of what Jesus was doing there were many rumors and speculations about him which were the concern to Herod. Herod had murdered the Baptist as the account says. What happened to Herod and Ahab? The story was relevant for the church which was facing persecution at the time of writing the gospel 64AD.

  1. Check the story of Elijah and Ahab, there is similar hatred of Elijah by Ahab’s wife.

THIS VIDEO SHOWS DETAILS ABOUT THE IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

VERSE 30-44 THE FEEDING OF THE 5,000 MEN.

All the four gospels are a proof that it must have been a historical happening. Among the Jews women were not countable because they were considered to be difficult for as to image but some miracles took place. The figure 5,000should also not have taken numerically it may imply a multitude. There are no points of significance besides of general points about miracles in this incident.

  • It’s an example of a natural miracle.
  • It demonstrates that he is the divine shepherd who would feed the sheep and takes care of them.

The story brings out the spiritual feeding of the church in celebrating the Eucharist.

There’s parallel in Mark 14:22.

Jesus loves the people thus he feeds them.

Jesus had pity implying his humanity.

It was an act of service to the people.

There’s fulfillment of scripture that is to say, Exodus when God fed people on manna and quills. Also Ezekiel 34 talking about the good shepherd. Jesus is the messiah who brings comfort and peace to the people. Jesus is a good teacher; the crowd follows him and takes care of them. The 5 loaves are reminiscent of the 5 law books.

“Everyone ate and had enough” implies that every one’s need can be satisfied by Jesus. The twelve baskets of the left overs would remind us of the 12 tribes of Israel. Jesus needed quiet place to receive the report from the disciples.

The incident is a symbol for the messianic banquet.

It’s a fulfillment of what Elijah and Elisha did for example 2kings 4:42-44 there’s the effect of prayer when he looks to heaven and prayers.

THIS VIDEO EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT THE MIRACLE

VERSE 45-52 JESUS WALKS ON WATER.

This is another nature miracle. The geography is confusing Mark isn’t very much interested in place instead he is keen to relate the story. They think is a ghost, this shows their lack of understanding and it reflects the messianic secrecy. Ability to control and master the waters shows that Jesus had divine power. He is the expected messiah. “I am who I am” in Exodus 3. It is a reference to God himself (some general parts about miracles apply care)

This is almost a summary of Jesus healing activities 6:353 it reflects Jesus’ success.

THIS VIDEO SHOWS MORE ABOUT THE MIRACLE

ASSIGNMENT : GALILEAN ACTIVITIES assignment MARKS : 10  DURATION : 1 week, 3 days

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