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Savior Cares for His Followers[Mark 6:45-7:30]

Savior Cares for His Followers

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Lord, we treasure Your Spirit, Your blood, and Your word. How we thank You for the divine provision, which is so rich, so prevailing, so refreshing, and so touching.

Hymn: Oh, what a life! Oh, what a peace  https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/499

Mark 6:45-7:30

6:45 And immediately He compelled His disciples to step into the boat and go before to the other side, toward Bethsaida, while He sent the crowd away.

6:46 And after He said farewell to them, He went away to the mountain to pray.

6:47 And when evening fell, the boat was in the midst of the sea and He was alone on the land.

6:48 And seeing them distressed as they rowed, for the wind was contrary to them, He came toward them about the fourth watch of the night, walking on the sea, and He intended to pass by them.

6:49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought that it was a ghost, and they cried out,

6:50 For they all saw Him and were startled. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.

6:51 And He went up unto them into the boat, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly astonished in themselves beyond measure,

6:52 For they did not understand concerning the loaves, but rather their heart was hardened.

6:53 And they crossed over to the land and came to Gennesaret and moored there.

6:54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,

6:55 And they ran about that whole region and began to carry around on mats those who were ill to any place where they heard that He was.

6:56 And wherever He entered into villages or into cities or into the countryside, they laid those who were sick in the marketplaces and begged Him that they might touch if even the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched Him were healed.

7:1 And the Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered together to Him when they had come from Jerusalem

7:2 And had seen that some of His disciples ate bread with common hands, that is, unwashed.

7:3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they carefully wash their hands, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders;

7:4 And when they come from the marketplace, unless they wash themselves, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they have received to hold, the dipping of cups and pitchers and copper vessels.)

7:5 And the Pharisees and the scribes questioned Him, Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with common hands?

7:6 And He said to them, Well has Isaiah prophesied concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from Me;

7:7 But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commandments of men.''

7:8 While leaving the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men.

7:9 And He said to them, You nicely set aside the commandment of God that you may keep your tradition.

7:10 For Moses said, "Honor your father and your mother,'' and, "He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.''

7:11 But you say: If a man says to his father or his mother, Whatever you would have been profited by me is now corban (that is, a gift to God),

7:12 Allow him to no longer do anything for his father or his mother.

7:13 Thus you deprive the word of God of its authority by your tradition which you have handed down. And many things similar to these you do.

7:14 And He called the crowd to Him again and said to them, Hear Me, all of you, and understand.

7:15 There is nothing outside of a man which entering into him can defile him, but the things coming out of a man are the things which defile a man.

7:16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.

7:17 And when He entered into a house from the crowd, His disciples questioned Him concerning the parable.

7:18 And He said to them, Are you also in the same manner without understanding? Do you not understand that everything that enters from outside into a man is not able to defile him,

7:19 Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and goes out into the drain? (In saying this, He made all foods clean.)

7:20 And He said, That which goes out of the man, that defiles the man.

7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil reasonings, fornications, thefts, murders,

7:22 Adulteries, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness.

7:23 All these wicked things proceed from within and defile the man.

7:24 And He rose up from there and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And entering into a house, He wanted no one to know about it; yet He could not escape notice.

7:25 But a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and immediately she came and fell at His feet.

7:26 Now the woman was a Greek, Syrophoenician by race. And she asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

7:27 And He said to her, First let the children be satisfied, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs.

7:28 And she answered and said to Him, Yes, Lord, but even the little dogs under the table eat of the little children's crumbs.

7:29 And He said to her, Because of this word, go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.

7:30 And she went away to her house and found the little child lying on the couch and the demon gone out.

Key Verse for Pray-reading:
Mark 6:48And seeing them distressed as they rowed, for the wind was contrary to them, He came toward them about the fourth watch of the night, walking on the sea, and He intended to pass by them.
Footnote:
     In Mark 4:38 the Slave-Savior was (sleeping) in a boat that was being beaten by a windstorm that (threatened) His followers. Here, He was (walking) on the sea while His followers, as they rowed, were distressed by the waves of the sea. These incidents indicate that the Slave-Savior, as the Creator and (Ruler) of the universe (Job 9:8), was not (distressed) by any circumstance and that He would (care) for His followers in their troubles while they followed Him in their journey. (See Mark 6:48 note 1)

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