Mark 6:30-44 30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denariiworth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Mark 6:30-44 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. What does it mean that Jesus became fully man? What does it mean that Jesus is fully God and fully man at the same time? Do you see any clues in this passage as to that being true?
3. How should Jesus’ humanity (being fully man) comfort us as we live our lives? How should Jesus’ divinity (being fully God) comfort us?
4. What do you think Jesus is communicating in this miracle of feeding the five thousand? How can you use this truth to strengthen your heart?
5. In what ways should this passage point us to what Jesus is going to do on the cross? How can you make the cross of Jesus more of a focal point day by day, drawing all your assurance from Jesus and what He’s done for you?
Jesus broke this bread and gave it to them, but on the cross God the Father broke Jesus and gives Him to us. Only by His being broken can we eat and be satisfied.
Jesus can lead you to rest, to green pastures, to true fulfillment and safety, because he was lead like a Lamb to the slaughter—He’s the Good Shepherd that laid down His life for the sheep. He is strong enough to satisfy yet became weak enough to be broken for your eternal joy.
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