Mark Chapter Six part 6, A study of Mark 6:41 & 42, Mark 6:43 & 44, Mark 6:45 & 46, and Mark 6:47 & 48 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Mark 6:41 & 42

"Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied," NIV translation

Jesus demonstrated faith to His disciples by simply thanking the Father for His provision and passing out the food. He did not give a long prayer and hope that it would be answered. Imagine the looks on the faces of the disciples as they kept passing out the food until everyone had enough.

Faith works in the same manner today and this demonstration is for us as well as the disciples. He has promised to provide for His people and we can simply trust that He will do so. This is going to get more difficult in these last days but His promises never fail.

Mark 6:43 & 44

"and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand." NIV translation

We see that God does not provide just the bare minimum as they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. We are reminded that the number twelve is associated with divine authority and that authority had produced enough to feed more than five thousand people. 

Mark 6:45 & 46

"Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray." NIV translation

Jesus sent the men on ahead while He went to pray. Although we are not told about what His prayers contained, we can be sure that He was lifting up these disciples as they had become His family and were heading for their next lesson in faith.

Mark 6:47 & 48

"When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them," NIV translation

Why would Jesus see the disciples "straining at the oars" and yet be "about to pass by them"? Jesus will not barge in and do anything in our lives. If we want to continue straining and struggling to do things on our own, He will let us.