by admin | 10 Feb 2019
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.
|The Lord of the Deep (Mark 6:45-52)||Tim Cantrell||22 May 2011||Listen|
|The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-11)||Tyrell Haag||22 Sep 2013||Listen|
|Spiritual Progress (Mark 4:1-20)||Christo Beetge||29 Dec 2013||Listen|
|Mission—Not Impossible (Mark 6:6–30)||Tyrell Haag||18 May 2014||Listen|
|Astonished Beyond Measure (Mark 7:31–37)||Brian Watts||9 Nov 2014||Listen|
|An Extraordinary Teaching (Mark 10:13–16)||Tyrell Haag||11 Jan 2015||Listen|
|Oh, My God, It’s Friday (Mark 15:30)||Doug Van Meter||3 Apr 2015||Listen|
|Our Chief Delight (Mark 12:30)||Barry Jamie||26 Apr 2015||Listen|
|Our Chief Duty (Mark 12:31)||Barry Jamie||3 May 2015||Listen|
|The Sanctity of a Life (Mark 5:1–43)||Doug Van Meter||7 Feb 2016||Listen|