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Those with little, see

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (Psalm 23)

So, in recent weeks we’ve encountered Jesus’ rejection in his hometown; his sending of the twelve disciples on their mission to exorcise and preach repentance (defined in verse 30 as “teaching”); and the death of John the Baptist. This week we encounter two pieces of Mark’s Gospel the first of which comes right after the death of John; and the second which comes right after the intervening feeding of the five thousand and the account of Jesus walking on water. Let’s look at each of this week’s sections in turn, to better understand what’s going on.


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The Cost of Faithfulness

Mark 6:14-29 (Psalm 85:8-13)

I must confess that this week, I’m indebted to one particular source of interpretation for these reflections: Robert A. Bryant’s article in “Feasting on the Word.”  The Gospel text is that of Mark 6:14-29, which tells the story of the death of John the Baptist.  Bryant points out that:

This account is sandwiched between the Mission of the Twelve (discussed last week) and the Feeding of the 5000, and in unusual detail given Mark’s proclivity for brevity.

That the story of John the Baptist death has striking similarities with that of Jesus’ death.


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God Pause

from Luther Seminary