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Week 7 Day 4 Genesis 35 Mark 6

15 March, 2015

Genesis 35

Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the [images of] strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves and change [into fresh] garments; Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make there an altar to God Who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me wherever I went. (‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭2-3‬ AMP) Jacob wants to make a mark, set himself and his household aside from the idols and honour God 

So they [both young men and women] gave to Jacob all the strange gods they had and their earrings which were [worn as charms against evil] in their ears; and Jacob buried and hid them under the oak near Shechem. (‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭4‬ AMP) Superstitions are put aside

Again God said to him, Your name is Jacob [supplanter]; you shall not be called Jacob any longer, but Israel shall be your name. So He called him Israel [contender with God]. And God said to him, I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you and kings shall be born of your stock; (‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭10-11‬ AMP) God repeated to Jacob that he had been set apart. He repeats his new name, Israel and tells him of the land promised to Abraham will be his and his descendants. 

And as her soul was departing, for she died, she called his name Ben-oni [son of my sorrow]; but his father called him Benjamin [son of the right hand]. (‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭18‬ AMP) So much in a name. Rachel despondent yet Jacob honoured and loved his son

And Jacob set a pillar (monument) on her grave; that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day. Then Israel journeyed on and spread his tent on the other side of the tower of Edar. (‭Genesis‬ ‭35‬:‭20-21‬ AMP) The turning point for Jacob/Israel. A pillar marks the way of the old and the new

Mark 6

JESUS WENT away from there and came to His [own] country and hometown [Nazareth], and His disciples followed [with] Him.

Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? And they took offense at Him and were hurt [that is, they disapproved of Him, and it hindered them from acknowledging His authority] and they were caused to stumble and fall. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭1, 3‬ AMP) Jesus returns home but people there can’t reconcile the youth that grew with them, the man who had brothers and sisters in town could possibly be the Son of God, let alone a teacher. 

But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor (deference, reverence) except in his [own] country and among [his] relatives and in his [own] house. And He was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sickly people [and] cured them. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭4-5‬ AMP) Such a loss 

And He called to Him the Twelve [apostles] and began to send them out [as His ambassadors] two by two and gave them authority and power over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick–no bread, no wallet for a collection bag, no money in their belts (girdles, purses)– But to go with sandals on their feet and not to put on two tunics (undergarments). (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭7-9‬ AMP) The basis for many missionary programs comes from this. There were customs in those days that allowed for visitors and hospitality but you’d have to put yourself out there to get it. No being shy and withdrawn

And He told them, Wherever you go into a house, stay there until you leave that place. And if any community will not receive and accept and welcome you, and they refuse to listen to you, when you depart, shake off the dust that is on your feet, for a testimony against them. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the judgment day than for that town. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭10-11‬ AMP) No pillow hopping. And destruction would come to those who rejected the men. 

King Herod heard of it, for [Jesus’] name had become well known. He and they [of his court] said, John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why these mighty powers [of performing miracles] are at work in Him.

But when Herod heard [of it], he said, [This very] John, whom I beheaded, has been raised [from the dead].

For Herod had [a reverential] fear of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and [continually] kept him safe [under guard]. When he heard [John speak], he was much perplexed; and [yet] he heard him gladly. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭14, 16, 20‬ AMP) *Spoilers* Herod was keen to hear of John and now Jesus

The apostles [sent out as missionaries] came back and gathered together to Jesus, and told Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, [As for you] come away by yourselves to a deserted place, and rest a while–for many were [continually] coming and going, and they had not even leisure enough to eat. And they went away in a boat to a solitary place by themselves. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭30-32‬ AMP) The disciples had a worked hard, had put themselves out. Now it was time to regroup – a lesson we can all learn from. 

And when the day was already far gone, His disciples came to Him and said, This is a desolate and isolated place, and the hour is now late.

And He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they [had looked and] knew, they said, Five [loaves] and two fish. Then He commanded the people all to recline on the green grass by companies. So they threw themselves down in ranks of hundreds and fifties [with the regularity of an arrangement of beds of herbs, looking like so many garden plots]. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭35, 38-40‬ AMP) Separated into groups

And taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and, praising God, gave thanks and broke the loaves and kept on giving them to the disciples to set before the people; and He [also] divided the two fish among [them] all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve [small hand] baskets full of broken pieces [from the loaves] and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭41-44‬ AMP) A small yield gave a huge outpouring and leftovers

And at once He insisted that the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He was sending the throng away. And after He had taken leave of them, He went off into the hills to pray. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭45-46‬ AMP) So the disciples have watched Jesus, copied Jesus, fed thousands and go ahead of Jesus. 

And having seen that they were troubled and tormented in [their] rowing, for the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night [between 3:00-6:00 a.m.] He came to them, walking [directly] on the sea. And He acted as if He meant to pass by them, But when they saw Him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and raised a [deep, throaty] shriek of terror. For they all saw Him and were agitated (troubled and filled with fear and dread). But immediately He talked with them and said, Take heart! I AM! Stop being alarmed and afraid. [Exod. 3:14.] (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭48-50‬ AMP) The men awake are struggling in the boat to make any headway. Apparently the Sea of Galilee, being in a valley, is notorious for sudden squalls. 

And He went up into the boat with them, and the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its own beating). And they were astonished exceedingly [beyond measure], For they failed to consider or understand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding]. And when they had crossed over, they reached the land of Gennesaret and came to [anchor at] the shore. (‭Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭51-53‬ AMP) Again, miracles happen, then testing occurs. If it happened for them then how can we be so up ourselves to think it would be any different for us?  The disciples, who lived and breathed Jesus and His companionship had hearts that grew dull and lost understanding. Even we can miss the big picture!


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