- Read the headings in Mark 6:30-44.
- Highlight verses 34 and 41 of chapter 6.
- Read Mark 6:30-44.
- Consider the following questions.
Jesus said, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." (6:31) If you were one of the disciples, what would you expect?
a vacation time of fun and relaxation
some much needed peace and quiet
quality time with Jesus
a chance for prayer and meditation
anything but people
When you get to your destination, there are 5000 men, not counting women and children, waiting on the shore for you. (6:33-34) How do you feel now?
What a great opportunity for ministry!
I'm taking 'comp' time for this interruption.
Let's get out of here. No way I'm dealing with them now.
I have compassion for them, because they are like sheep without a shepherd. (6:34)
How did Jesus demonstrate his compassion for the crowd? (6:34)
In 6:35-36, were the disciples demonstrating compassion for the crowd? Does their response to Jesus in 6:37 suggest an ulterior motive?
How do you respond when confronted with a problem that seems overwhelming?