Thursday, March 27, 2014

Morning Psalm: 83 | Evening Psalms: 85, 86
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34 | 1 Corinthians 9:1-15 | Mark 6:30-46
 
Mark 6:30-46 merits a look at what has been happening to Jesus and His followers. 
 
First, Jesus: He has been rejected in His hometown. He can do little for His own people because of their unbelief (Mark 6:1-6). 
Next, Jesus’ disciples: they have just been through an exhausting, exhilarating time of preaching and healing. What Jesus commissioned them to do they have done, with spectacular results (Mark 6:7-13).
 
For us present-day followers, we have just read about John the Baptist’s disgraceful execution by Herod (Mark 6:14-29). John’s sordid death appalls us and reminds us of Jesus’ danger. 
 
Jesus and His disciples, and we too--we need a break. So Jesus invites us, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). He knows our need and makes provision for rest.
 
Of course this is not to be quite the rest we expected. Needy crowds get around the lake, to Jesus’ landing spot, before Jesus does. Surrounded by them, Jesus feels compassion for them, just as He feels it for us. Rejected previously Himself, He does not turn His back now. And when the crowd is hungry, He feeds them all. He lavishly feeds them, so lavishly that there are leftovers.
 
How can we describe Our Lord’s compassion? Perhaps it is better to experience it, turning to Him, asking His help, realizing that He already knows our need and wants to meet it. His own people turned their backs, but to all those who turn to Him, Jesus is always sufficient.
 
We are told to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the other things that are needed will be added to that first gift. Dear Lord, give us wisdom to ask for Your righteousness; patience to wait for Your provision; and eyes to appreciate what You so lavishly have done. Amen.
 

  

Rosa Lee Richards
(MAR 2006, STM 2012)
DMin Student
Adjunct Instructor of Hebrew
Mercer, PA

    

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