The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 6: theunfetteredpreacher

John the Baptist is dead, the Apostles return:

John’s Disciples buried his body. The 12 returned to Jesus and told Him all that they had done and taught. Jesus directed them to go to a desert place, and rest.

The multitudes anticipated His movements and arrived there before Him.

(Why do we not understand, people will flock to the presence of Jesus? Whether Churchs, homes, or fields, the Spirit of God, calls those who Seek Him).

When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, and ordered the Disciples to feed them. How they asked?

How will 5 loaves and 2 fishes feed 5,000 men plus women and children? The mystery of division, multiplication and Salvation.

  • The offering is Blessed. When we come to the Lord, He first blessed us, accepts us and begins to multiply us, for His service.
  • The offering is Broken. The military uses this method to build warriors. The Lords army, must be broken and rebuilt to become true Disciples and builders of His body.
  • The people are fed.  The Lord uses the Blessed and Broken to grow His body. One will chase a thousand, two ten thousand.  (Deuteronomy 32:30).

The Miracle here shows us the way the Lord works in our lives. This is how He must work in some of us who are so hard hearted and headed, that we learn slowly or not at all.

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Mark 6:30- 44

“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.     And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.    And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.    And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.     And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.     And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:     Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.     He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?     He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.  And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.     And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.     And they did all eat, and were filled.     And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.     And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.”

A Sign of our times: theunfetteredpreacher

A sad truth.

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The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 6: theunfetteredpreacher

The Twelve Sent Forth:

He called unto himself:

Have you been called unto Jesus? Have you accepted Him as both your Savior and Lord?

Many want Him as Savior but deny Him Lordship. This is a problem. The sending out of the twelve, should encourage us to step out in the Power and Grace of the Lord.

He gave the twelve, (and also we who are His disciples), Power

  • Power over unclean spirits (Sadly we neglect this power)
  • Commanded them to take no extra clothing, or money, only their staffs.  (We must have financial support before we go).
  • Abide in the house you enter to teach, until your work is done.  (We are more comfortable in a motel).
  • If people reject you, shake the dust off your feet and move on.  (We hold on to those who reject our Lord).
  • They preached repentance. (We preach Love, and all are accepted).
  • They cast out many devils (Again we don’t really believe, ).
  • Anointed the sick with oil (There are many sick, that are left alone).
  • They healed the sick. ( We lack the Faith to see this through.

We the Church have a problem. We rely on our natural Wisdom, when we need to Trust in God.

The Church is in error, not fatally, but sadly, we have grown cold, and powerless in the face of our enemies.

The Lord sent those who believe out to build His Church.

Matthew 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:     Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15-20

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.     He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.     And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;     They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.     So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.     And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Luke 24:47-49

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

The Word is quite clear, we have been empowered to do the Work of the Lord, we have decided to leave the Gifts and Power unopened, just sitting on the shelf. We are experiencing the results of our neglect.

A Powerless Gospel. People are not transformed, lives are not changed, our Churches are not growing.

The only way to reverse this decline is to Ask, Seek and Find, (receive the will of the Lord). Do you dare to Walk in His Power and Grace?

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Mark 6:7-13

“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;    And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:    But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.     And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.     And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.     And they went out, and preached that men should repent.    And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 6: theunfetteredpreacher

The Trip Home – He Marvelled

This Chapter in Mark, has always been one of my favorites. The people that had watched Him grow up, were astonished at His teaching.

It often astonishes people when they see who you are today, when they knew you, in the bad old days.

I know they have a hard time reconciling the Christian I am, compared to the sinner I was.

More so especially for Jesus. They knew Him as a little boy, who played tag, hide and seek, and pulled the little girls pigtails.

A normal young man, who happened to Love God and His Word.

Here He is now, teaching with Wisdom and Authority, who even has the power to do what they think are mighty works. This offends them. He is not the child they knew. He has changed.

He has not just grown up. He is no longer just a man.

He is now a man, who has the Holy Spirit within, He has gained the Wisdom and Authority of the Almighty, not to just speak the Words of God, but has the Power to do the Works of God.

He is now a living example of who and what we should be. He promised that we would do the things He did and more, if we only believe. (John 14:12)

Jesus Himself marveled. He could do no mighty work, except to lay hands on a few sick and heal them. Because of their unbelief.

All He could do is Teach around the villages.

Mark 6:1-6

“And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.”

The best is yet to come. Chapter 6 has amazing examples for us to follow.

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The Word of God: theunfetteredpreacher

The Word of God:

Hebrews 4:12

  • Is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword,  
  • is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Proverbs 6:20-23

  • It shall lead you, when you go
  • It shall keep you, when you sleep
  • It shall talk with you, when you are awake
  • It is a lamp and a light
  • it will reprove and instruct us in the way of life

Psalm 119:103-106

  • Is sweeter than honey
  • It gives understanding,
  • Helps us so we hate every false way
  • Is a lamp and a light unto my path

Therefore have I sworn:

  • I will perform it
  • That I will keep Thy righteous judgements

How important is the Word of God?

As followers and lovers of God: it is like a refreshing breeze or a light rain to a parched and dry soul.

It is the air I breathe, or the food I eat, the very essence of life.

To Love the Lord is to Seek His face, Understand His will and to Walk in His way.

We are created for His pleasure, if we do these things He will be pleased.

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The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 5: theunfetteredpreacher

Jairus his daughter, and the woman with the issue of blood:

These two examples of Faith are combined in Chapter 5. I have seperted them to make discussion easier.

First thing First:

Jesus is no respector of people. A rich man, a ruler of the synague, and a woman, who had spent all she had trying to get well.

I am sure there were many who were afflicted and in need of a touch from God.

The only thing these two had in common was the belief that Jesus was able to help them. There were many people in the crowd. Yet, we only know of these two, who had the Faith to receive their requests.

It tickles me , that in that whole crowd there was only one who reached out and touched Him, believing she would be healed.

We find out in Mark 6:56 that all who touched Him were made whole.

Then we have Jairus, a Ruler of the synague, a man with standing, going himself to ask for favor. When he was told his daughter died, Jesus said only believe.

The people in his house did not believe, and laughed at Jesus, when He said she only slept, they knew she was dead.

Jesus only took the girls family and Peter, James and John into the room where He raised her from the dead.  We find out in Chapter 6, that unbelief, can cancel the healing power of God.

If we could only believe, all things are possible. (Mark 9:35)

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Mark 5: 21-24; 35-43

‘And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?     As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.     And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.     And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.    And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.     And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.     And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.     And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.     And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.’

Mark 5:24-34

‘And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.’

The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 5: theunfetteredpreacher

The Legion:

The incident that inspired my chosen name, ‘theunfetteredpreacher’. The Legion was chained, shackeled and fettered to keep him from hurting himself and others.

After being Saved, I went to a study at a Catholic Church, I had my Bible and they said it would just confuse me, so to go away.

I took a lay speakers course so I could Preach in the UMC, I attend, again I brought my Bible, I do not remember any Scripture being taught in either of the two 8 hour classes.

The Doctrine of our Denominations is given us for the same reason. To keep us Safe. The Leaders believe we cannot read and understand the promises of God without their guidance and direction.

I grew up in the Catholic Church, was saved in a Full Gospel Church, and soon realized a lot of Church Doctrine, (both Catholicand Evangelical), kept us from realizing the Fredom and Power of the Gospel.

I felt ‘unfettered’ from the confines of Policy and Released to experience joy, peace and the love of the Holy Spirit. I learned to take the Word of God, at face value and believe, that God CAN DO ANYTHING.

We all know the facts of this story. Jesus arrived, the Legion came fell down and Worshiped Him. Calling Him the Son of God, and begging to be left alone.

He would rather cut himself and cry out, breaking the chains and fetters the normal people had0 imprisoned him with, than experience the Freedom of God. He asked if commanded to leave that he could go into the heard of pigs.

Jesus gave them leave, they entered into the swine and they ran into the sea and drowned.

The keepers of the swine ran to town and told all they saw, people came out to see for themselves, and found the man sane, clothed and at peace. He desired to follow Jesus.

Jesus sent him to his hometown to proclaim this miracle, and many marveled and came to believe.

To be ‘unfettered’, free to walk in the full power and grace of the Godspel, to come boldly to the throne to receive Grace and peace in our times of need.

To read and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to all truth, not hindered by the unbelieving believers in our midst.

It is my prayer that you be inspired to seek out and find the truth of the Gospel. The Gifts and Calling are given us to build His Church, not ours.

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Mark 5:1-20

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Amen