Faith to Believe-Mark 6:30-44

Mark 6:30-44 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages  Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five — and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 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. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.”
Marco 6:30-44 «Gli apostoli si riunirono attorno a Gesù e gli riferirono tutto quello che avevano fatto e insegnato. 31 Ed egli disse loro: «Venitevene ora in disparte, in un luogo solitario, e riposatevi un poco». Difatti era tanta la gente che andava e veniva, che essi non avevano neppure il tempo di mangiare.32 Partirono dunque con la barca per andare in un luogo solitario in disparte. 33 Molti li videro partire e li riconobbero; e da tutte le città accorsero a piedi e giunsero là prima di loro. 34 Com’egli fu sbarcato, vide una gran folla e ne ebbe compassione, perché erano come pecore che non hanno pastore; e si mise a insegnare loro molte cose. 35 Essendo già tardi, i suoi discepoli gli si accostarono e gli dissero: «Questo luogo è deserto ed è già tardi; 36 lasciali andare, affinché vadano per le campagne e per i villaggi dei dintorni e si comprino qualcosa da mangiare». 37 Ma egli rispose loro: «Date loro voi da mangiare». Ed essi a lui: «Andremo noi a comprare del pane per duecento denari e daremo loro da mangiare?» 38 Egli domandò loro: «Quanti pani avete? Andate a vedere». Essi si accertarono e risposero: «Cinque, e due pesci». 39 Allora egli comandò loro di farli accomodare tutti a gruppi sull’erba verde; 40 e si sedettero per gruppi di cento e di cinquanta. 41 Poi Gesù prese i cinque pani e i due pesci e, alzati gli occhi verso il cielo, benedisse e spezzò i pani, e li dava ai {suoi} discepoli affinché li distribuissero alla gente; e divise pure i due pesci fra tutti. 42 Tutti mangiarono e furono sazi, 43 e si raccolsero dodici ceste piene di pezzi di pane e di resti dei pesci. 44 Quelli che avevano mangiato {i pani} erano cinquemila uomini.”
     This narrative comes after the disciples’ initial missionary journey in vv. 7-13 when Jesus sent them out two by two. In verse 30, they continued to give testimony to all that God had done on their journey. Notice that Mark calls them “apostles”.
Normally he would have called them disciples but they had been doing apostolic ministry and Mark gives us a glimpse of their future ministry.
     After Jesus pulled the disciples away to eat and rest, He still continued to teach the crowds as they followed Him wherever He went. When the disciples returned to Jesus, they noticed it was late in the day and the people still had not eaten. Instead of remembering what God had just done on their missionary tour with healings and miracles, they focused on telling Jesus to “Send the people away so they can buy something to eat.”  Notice the forceful message of “you” from Jesus: “You give them something to eat.”  The disciples argued with Jesus that feeding the people would be both unrealistic and impossible. Jesus certainly used the feeding of the 5,000 to show His authority and compassion as creator and provider, but it also became an equally strong message to the disciples’ fickle faith. When Jesus wasn’t physically with them, they saw God do great things through them and their faith was strong. Yet in Jesus’ presence, their faith faltered when He asked them to obey. How strong is your faith today?
Pray with me:  Lord, I have seen you do great things in my life. Help me to face each day knowing that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You simply ask me to trust and obey and You will supply the substance. 

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