I know, I know. You’re squirming.
You don’t want to read this post.
You do, but you don’t.
I want to start off by saying, again, I’m not a biblical scholar, I’m just a woman who loves God and his Word and believes every bit of it to be true and I felt like I would be doing you all a disservice by not sharing some thoughts on Mark 6.
When you get a chance, read the whole chapter through a couple of times and just sit there and soak it in. If you disagree with me on any point, please let me know, I don’t want this blogging thing to be one-sided.
Alright, we’re in thick of Jesus’s ministry: he has called his 12 disciples, has taught them, scolded them, trained them. Jesus has been questioned about his healing and fasting practices by the Pharisees, has taught the crowds with parables, calmed a massive storm at sea while his disciples, gripped in fear, watched. He has healed, cast out demons, over and over again.
His kingdom is advancing.
The disciples have started off on their own, in pairs, beginning to heal the sick and cast out demons themselves. The crowds increase, they press in, they reach, they grab, they are hungry and they are needy.
We are so needy.
In this book, we are witnesses to miracles a long, long time ago, let’s be witnesses to some miracles today. Let’s chose to see the miraculous, the sacred amidst the profane and the hope of healing behind many years of pain. But how do we do it?
1) Run to Him: verses 32-33: So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
God knows that we know that we need him, let’s go ahead and assume the posture. Let’s be there to greet him in the morning and let us be the ones to tell Him goodnight. Let us keep Him by our sides as our best friend.
2) Touch him: verse 56: They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
Again, this involves our own activity, as leap of faith, that yes, if I reach out, if I step out, if I follow Him, things are going to be different.
3) Believe that he can do it: Verses 1-6 are so frustrating to me. Jesus was in him hometown and he began to teach in the synagogue, they were amazed at first, questioning his wisdom, saying, “Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph…? Aren’t his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.
As hard as it is, as much as it goes against our sensibilities and the ones of those around us, we have to believe that the healing is going to take place, otherwise those opportunities may pass us by.
4) Allow yourself to be taught: I love this phrase in verse 34: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
I’ll take this moment to say that God’s ways are much, much higher than our own. He puts circumstances and thorns into our lives to shape us into his character. Healing, especially mental and emotional healing, takes time. Learning who God is and to trust him takes time, depending on how stubborn-headed you are (and I am very stubborn-headed).
Please feel free to share any instance in which you put one or all of these steps into practice and the results it yielded. Encourage us!