Abide Together: Reflections on Mark 6
In Mark 6 Jesus is not well receive in Nazareth, he sends out the 12 to do ministry, the beheading of John the Baptist is recounted, Jesus feeds the 5,000 and He healed many in Gennesaret. The main thing that stood out to me in this chapter is what Jesus instructed the 12 to take with them when He sent them out. As Jesus sent them out in pairs “He instructed them to take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff – no bread, no bag, no money in their belt – but to wear sandals, and He added, Do not put on two tunics.” Jesus sent them out with the bare minimum so that they would trust Him to provide through others. This would grow the disciples’ faith in Jesus as they trusted Him with the very basic needs of physical life. They would need to learn to trust Him to provide, for soon things would get much tougher for them as Jesus’ death approached. The principle of God providing for those He calls is all throughout the Scripture. He provided for the nation of Israel in the wilderness by providing manna, He provided for David the consecrated bread at Nob and provided for his needs through the Philistines as well, He provided for Elijah by having the ravens bring him bread and meat, etc… Philippians 4:19 says that God will supply all our needs. I am so thankful that when God calls His people, He also provides what they will need to serve Him. More importantly God provided for my greatest need, forgiveness of sin. He did so through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Lord, thank you for providing for me, so that I can accomplish what you have called me to do. Thank you most of all for providing Jesus to pay the penalty of my sin, so that I could be made right with You.
– Bryan McKenzie
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