Chapter 47



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(Mark 6:30,31)  And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

(Mark 6:32-34)  And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out [of the ship], saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

1.       Commentary: “as sheep not having a shepherd” = Sheep without a shepherd are purposeless, empty, wandering, rootless, unprotected, insecure, vulnerable, exposed, defenseless, frail, powerless, filthy, soiled, dirty, hungry, thirsty, afraid, frightened, scared, fearful, terrified, anxious, troubled, weak, feeble, puny, scrawny, sickly, unsanitary, unclean, unhealthy, unloved, despised, lonely, lost, lonesome, alone, friendless, abandoned, and deserted.

2.       Commentary: So Jesus became the “good shepherd” to those people that day and “began to teach them many things.” And then the narrative jumps to the closing of the day, or to the closing of the day’s schooling, but omits an essential that should be of more than passing interest to us, i.e., what did He teach them?? Let us observe what thereafter happened and deduce as best we can from those described events what had been previously taught (sown as seed) during that day by Jesus.

(Mark 6:35-40)  And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him [showing compassion with natural understanding], and said, This is a desert place, and now the time [for the evening meal, for supper] is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat [showing compassion with spiritual understanding]. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread [valued at 200 day’s labor], and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. (Mark 39,40) And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

1.       Commentary: “Give ye them to eat.” = Herein Jesus sets forth the godly hierarchy (syn: pecking order, chain of command) of provision for the physical feeding of God’s people which is a direct type and shadow of the spiritual feeding of God’s people. The order from top to bottom is Father God (3), Jesus Christ (3), His disciples (4) through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and the people (4). Please note that each level involves the loving cooperation (cooperation is inherently loving) of more than one entity as noted numerically, and that the end result of this cooperation represents the 4 arms of the cross, i.e., God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, God the Man which is the object and end result of God’s intent for His people.

a.       Dictionary = cooperation: 1. the act or fact of cooperating; joint operation or action. 2. the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit. 3. Sociol. Activity shared for mutual benefit. 4. Ecol. The conscious or unconscious behavior of organisms living together and producing a result which has survival value for them.

(Mark 6:41-44)  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed [thanked Father God the Creator for this provision], and brake the loaves [symbolic of the Word of God, the Bible, i.e., He opened the Bibles (He opened the scriptures)], and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes [symbolic of serving broken people (2 ways)] divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments [of sentences, thoughts, doctrines, i.e., incomplete thoughts, incomplete doctrines, doctrines not yet fully taken in], and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men [plus women and children, perhaps 15,000 people altogether].

1.      Commentary: What do you suppose it was that Jesus taught all these people on this wonderful day before suppertime? Well, a good teacher not only puts forth the Word, but then illustrates His lesson by example. The thematic examples of what was taught during that day were illustrated in verses 39 and 40. They are obedience, patience, order = three components of cooperation = love. Jesus taught love.


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