Read Mark 6:7-29
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 6:7-13. What is Jesus doing in verse 7? Whom did Jesus send? What authority did he give them? What does that mean in laymen’s terms? What did Jesus tell them to take with them? Why? How long did Jesus tell them to stay in a place? What did Jesus tell them to do when they are rejected in a town? So what did the Apostles do? What did they proclaim? Why do you think Jesus sent them at this point and not earlier?
This passage is the first account in Mark in which Jesus sends out his Apostles to go and reach the lost telling them to repent of their sins. This is so important for Jesus not only commands them to do this but He gives them the ability to do miracles in His name. This is an early look at what the book of Acts is all about, the Apostles telling people to repent and believe.
Why do you think that Jesus gave them the ability to do miracles? Why might that help them proclaim the message of repentance? Jesus gave them all they needed and wanted to demonstrate to them to rely on God for all their needs. We are to do this as well. God gives us all that we need and has given us the same task, in the great commission to go out into the whole world and proclaim the good news of the Gospel of grace to all whom will hear, knowing that God is the one who changes their hearts and will provide for all of our needs.
3. Look at Mark 6:14-29. This passage details the death of John the Baptist. If you remember we first meet John the Baptist in the first chapter of Mark. John and his disciples were baptizing people and proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, that the savior was coming to fulfill what was promised in Genesis 3:15. Now John the Baptist not only proclaimed this prophecy but also was a counselor, pointing people to the truth of God’s Word. John the Baptist did this with Herod Antipas, also known as King Herod. This is not the same King Herod as in the account of Jesus’ birth but rather his son. Herod did a lot of bad and just down right weird things, though our cultural context. What did Herod do? What was wrong about what he did? What was wrong about what his wife/sister-in-law did? Why did she do it? How did Herod feel after the death of John the Baptist? Why did Herod grieve? John the Baptist was the godly example in the life of a person who hated God. He is an example to us of how we must not forgo relationships with non-believers. If John the Baptist was not in the life of Herod, Herod would have not seen the error of his ways. We must have relationships with non-believers with the express purpose of sharing the gospel with them.
We also see in this passage the cost of sharing the gospel. John the Baptist was a follower of God, and knew the cost it might have to his life. He ended up being killed (literally beheaded) for spreading the necessity of repentance of our sin. John is an example to us of what God might call us to. God may call you to share the gospel with those who might want to harm you physically, emotionally, or even socially, yet despite the fear we must do so for God calls us all to proclaim the Gospel to all who will hear. So the question is, are you ready? Are you in relationships with non-Christians? Have you tried sharing the Gospel? How did it go? How did you say it? No matter how scared you are God will never leave you and will be with you always, so do not be scared for even if you end up like John the Baptist, you will then be in heaven, with you creator and king for all eternity.
4. Do you have any questions about this chapter?