Mark 6: 1-13
‘’VV 1 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.’’
Jesus left Capernaum and returned to His hometown, Nazareth. After He was born in Bethlehem, Jesus moved to Egypt and returned to Nazareth as a young boy. The people in Nazareth were amazed at Jesus’ wisdom And knowledge, having not studied in the Rabbinic schools. Jesus had four half-brothers, James, Joses, Judas (Jude), Simon, and half-sisters which were not named. Jesus was a carpenter. The Greek word for a carpenter is ”techton ” which means a handyman. Some scholars believed that Jesus was a stonemason and not a carpenter.
‘’VV 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.’’
Because the people in Nazareth were so familiar with Jesus, they doubted His Messianic claim. Jesus could not do any outstanding miracle in Nazareth due to the people’s unbelief. Faith is powerful. Gen 15:6, ‘’ Abram (Abraham) believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.’’ Hebrews 11:6, ‘’But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’’
‘’VV 7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. 8 He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff— no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts— 9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.’’
He sent the twelve disciples out in pairs of two for support, encouragement, companionship, and accountability. The 12 disciples (learners) now became the 12 apostles (the sent out ones). Jesus prepared and trained them by sending them on a mission. He gave them the power to preach, teach, heal sicknesses, and exorcise demons. They were forbidden to carry provisions, bags, food, and money. They lived by faith and depends on God to provide for their needs.
‘’VV 10 Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. 11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! ” 12 So they went out and preached that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.’’
There were no hotels or motels in first-century Israel. They sought the hospitality of the people to provide them meals and lodging. They preached God’s message of repentance to the people. They cast out demons and healed the sick by anointing them with oil. They were to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony against those who did not welcome them into their homes.
Heavenly Father, we pray that You will help us share the gospel, provide for our needs, and increase our faith, in Jesus’ name, Amen.