To an Israelite, a shepherd was not only a person who cared for animals; the term also applied to rulers, such as kings. God intended those who ruled over his people to act as shepherds: guarding the sheep from attackers, healing the wounded and sick, etc. He expected those who ruled his people to seek their safety, security, and wellbeing. In the text before us, there appears to be a deliberate contrast between two very different shepherds: Herod, a violent and bloodthirsty shepherd (6:14–29), and Jesus, a gentle and loving shepherd (6:30–44). Mark drew this distinction to show the people their need for a Good Shepherd. We have the same need.
Scripture References: Mark 6:30-44
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
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|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 June 2018||Watch||Listen|