Mark 6 - John beheaded, feeding the crowd

Mark 6:5 - It's amazing to me how Jesus power seemed to be limited by the faith of those hearing Him. It doesn't say that He chose not to do any 'mighty work', but that He could not do any. This goes back to Mark 5 and the woman healed - am I and my shallow faith limiting what Jesus can do in my life? It's hard to find the path between working hard on my faith to produce results from Jesus and getting the faith to allow Jesus to work. The first is really a works mindset, or some sort of 'power of positive thinking' psychology masked as faith, but how does one work at your faith with out working for the result of faith?

Mark 6:7-13 - He gave them authority to heal, but healing was not their message. Their message was "that people should repent."

Mark 6:20, 26 - He feared John, it says in verse 20, and that was why he didn't execute him. Yet, when backed into a corner it becomes clear that he feared his wife or perhaps public embarrassment more.

Mark 6:28 - I've often felt sorry for this girl, who, because of her mother's hard heart and sin, gets handed a freshly severed head on a platter. I wonder how that image haunted her later in life?

Mark 6:30-44 - I wonder what it was like to be in that crowd. I wrote a story once, based on the account in John 6, from the perspective of the father of the boy with the loaves (not mentioned here). I think I'm that Dad in my story, the grumpy Dad, led reluctantly by his wife and kids into a miracle. One he would have missed if it weren't for them.

Mark 6:56 - I don't remember making the connection with this account here of folks touching his garments and being healed and the woman from Mark 5.

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My sympathy for the girl in Mark 6:28 is tempered by the fact that she danced - apparently so provocatively - for (hopefully) her step-dad/uncle, arousing his passion to the point that he swore he would give her anything she wanted, up to half his kingdom.

Nice family.



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