How is it that ye do not understand? The Miracles in Mark, : Chapter 8: theunfetteredpreacher

A Great Multitude:

Where ever Jesus went, great multitudes found their way to Him. At the end of Mark 7, Jesus healed a deaf and dumb man, He charged them to tell no one. (This never works, people just cannot be quiet, when they witness the Power of God).

They were astonished and spread the word. ‘Jesus has done all things well.’

So there was a great multitude: Chapter 8 begins with feeding the four thousand, with 7 loaves of bread, and a few fishes. Once again a great miracle.

I submit another miracle, was that the crowd had been there for three days with no food. (They had been fed by the Word and Presence of God. Much like Moses on the mountain, 40 days with no food or drink).

The Miracles that God preforms, are done for a reason.

Why then?

Isaiah 43:10

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

That we may Know; That God IS; and He is a rewarder, of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

That we would Believe; That God IS, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

That we would Understand; That God IS, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

In Isaiah 41:20, He had planted trees, and brought water, in the desert:

“That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”

To SEE; KNOW; CONSIDER, and UNDERSTAND; That God IS, and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

If the presence of the Lord is active in our midst, we should expect and See His Power and Grace. (John 14:14)

Saints, we should have multitudes flocking to our meetings. It is a shame that we no longer believe He would or could. At least the leper knew He could be healed, he wasn’t sure that He would. (Matthew 8:2)

After this He departed on a ship, for the opposite shore, there He was met by the Pharisees, questioning and seeking signs and wonders, tempting Him for a performance. The signs are for those who will believe. Not for those who would persecute.

Many think we as Christians should not seek miracles, because of this verse. We must realize, He was dealing with the Religious, not Followers.

Signs, wonders, and miracles are not done to entertain the masses, but to relieve, to comfort to convince of the Power and Love of God. We are commanded to cast out devils and heal the sick.

They sailed to yet another town. The disciples had not brought bread, He told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.

Jesus had a Word of Knowledge, He perceived their thoughts and questioned them.

‘Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?’

He had to remind them of the miracle of feeding the 4,000. It is the same with us, we experience His mercy and grace and need to be reminded of it often.

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Mark 8:1-21

‘In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?’

Hushpuppies=He has done all things: theunfetteredpreacher

The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 7: Hushpuppies

Jesus once again attempting to be alone, was found by a gentile woman, whose daughter had an unclean spirit. Her boldness, knowing the will of God, and her proclamation of same, (puppies get te crumbs), she received that which she sought. Her daughter was delivered of the unclean spirit.

He hath done all things:

Moving on, they brought to Him a man both deaf and dumb, to be healed. It is interesting that these people had the Faith that He could heal, yet He took the man, off by themselves, and this time He touched His ears and tongue, and the man was healed. Once again, He told them to keep this quiet.

The problem with this? If we are touched and healed by the Lord, it is almost impossible to remain quiet. whether it is a healing or even the first step, salvation. We proclaim the Lord.

Mark 7:23-37

“And from thence having risen, he went away to the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and having entered into the house, he wished none to know, and he was not able to be hid, for a woman having heard about him, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having come, fell at his feet, — and the woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phenician by nation — and was asking him, that the demon he may cast forth out of her daughter. And Jesus said to her, `Suffer first the children to be filled, for it is not good to take the children’s bread, and to cast [it] to the little dogs.’ And she answered and saith to him, `Yes, sir; for the little dogs also under the table do eat of the children’s crumbs.’ And he said to her, `Because of this word go; the demon hath gone forth out of thy daughter;’ and having come away to her house, she found the demon gone forth, and the daughter laid upon the couch. And again, having gone forth from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis, and they bring to him a deaf, stuttering man, and they call on him that he may put the hand on him. And having taken him away from the multitude by himself, he put his fingers to his ears, and having spit, he touched his tongue, and having looked to the heaven, he sighed, and saith to him, `Ephphatha,’ that is, `Be thou opened;’ and immediately were his ears opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he was speaking plain. And he charged them that they may tell no one, but the more he was charging them, the more abundantly they were proclaiming [it], and they were being beyond measure astonished, saying, `Well hath he done all things; both the deaf he doth make to hear, and the dumb to speak.'”

Multitudes followed Him: theunfetteredpreacher

As I was praying, (ready for sleep), last night, the Lightning Bolt of Revelation entered my heart and mind. I had to immediately put aside thoughts of sleep and check the Word to see if it, (this Revelation), was true?

I realized that the Multitudes found Jesus, wherever He went. In towns, cities, the mountains or by the sea.

Those who sought Him found Him.

When He was in the Synagogues, many of the rulers believed in Him but did not confess Him, so as not to be put out. (John 12:42)

Only in Matthew 4:23 and 9:35, does it mention Jesus healing all the people of all manner of sickness and disease, in towns where He preached in the synagogue.

We do not hear of multitudes flocking to the synagogues.

No the Multitudes where not in the Synagogues, they were about the towns and countrysides. After His death and resurrection, we find that God adds to the Church, (such as should be saved daily). (Acts 2:47)

The difference between the Synagogue and the Church? The Law versus Grace. The reason God is not adding to our Churches daily, is our Rituals and Ceremonies have become a law unto themselves.

Some preach a false love. (No need for holiness or repentance). Others preach the law. (How we are to dress, interact, and behave in our Church)

The Holy Spirit has no part, in either place. Jesus came and died on the cross, not to condemn, but to save the World. (John 3:17)

Jesus told of the people’s sin, but always gave them a way to escape the eternal consequences of that sin. We need to inform them of the truth but emphasize the Gift of God.

We need to allow the Holy Spirit to live and direct our Worship if we are to see the multitudes added to our Church daily.

Man’s wisdom says there must be order, and that is true, but we do not need the dressings of our favorite Services. The early Church sang some hymns and taught the Word.

There were no children’s churches, separate Sunday School classes, divisions of any type. A child was asleep, fell and died as Paul preached. With the Gift of Faith, Paul brought him back to life.

Our children need to see adults, pray, worship, believe and act out the Gospel. The miracles of both Testaments should be shared and expected to occur today as Christ meets the needs of His people.

These are not stories to entertain our children, but reminders from God to build our Faith, to accomplish His Work.

We should study the first-century church, and attempt to embrace their Wisdom. As we SEEK HIM, HE WILL BE FOUND.

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The Miracles in Mark: Chapter 6: theunfetteredpreacher

A Gift of Knowlege and a Walk on the Water: Mark 6:45-52

After feeding the 5,000 He sent His disciples to sail to the other side of the sea. He went up the mountain to pray.

It is amazing, in the dark, from the mountain He saw the Disciples in the middle of the sea, the storms wind against their forward motion. (He had a Word of Knowledge, the Holy Spirit showed Him something He couldn’t have known).

In the fourth watch, He came walking upon the water, and would have walked by them. This, to me, lets us know how the Lord is always walking beside us, waiting for us to call upon Him, in our time of need.

They feared, called out, and He calmed them and entered into the boat, He calmed the storm. They were amazed. (How could they have forgotten the feeding of the 5,000)?

Hardened hearts, it happens to all of us. We forget what the Lord has done in the past when we have a pressing need now. I don’t understand how our hearts and minds work?

They Brought their sick, they touched Him. Mark 6:53-56

To me, these few verses are some of the most enlightening verses in the New Testament.

  • When they landed the people knew Him
  • They ran to BRING ALL THEIR SICK
  • They laid their sick in the streets in his path
  • They begged to touch the border of His garment
  • AS MANY WHO TOUCHED HIM WERE HEALED.

If we could get a handle on those last lines, we could change the current world, we all take miracle drugs, and they are. The people in Jesus’ time had none of the great discoveries we have today.

They had something we have lost, FAITH. We no longer bring the sick to Jesus, Why? Most of the time we cannot find Him.

I am sorry but, I don’t believe Jesus has room in our weekly Worship Services, to work. We have our Rituals and Ceremonies, our music leader, and preacher. (No one else need apply).

We need first to learn how to touch God. Next, we must bring people to Him, and teach them to touch Him themselves.

Saints, this kind comes from prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21; Mark 9:29) We must learn to touch Jesus when we deny ourselves and go to Him when we pray in our prayer language, (1 Cor 14:14, our Spirit speaking to God’s Spirit).

We will see the results of our touch. We will begin to see the signs and wonders that He promised would follow those who believe.

Saints, Love Seek, and Find the Lord, with your heart, mind soul and strength. (Matthew 7:7-8; Mark 12:28-39) We can see His Power and Might as we Walk in and with Him.

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Mark 6:45-52

“And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50. For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”

Mark 6:53-56

“And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54. And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 55. And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. 56. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”

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.”

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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