Lesson 7--“Astounded, Offended, and Unbelieving"--Mark 6:1-29
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)
The WORD: What does the Bible say?
Context: Read Mark 4:33-6:3 to help understand the context of this passage. Read Mark 6:1-29 in a more literal or more dynamic translation than you usually use.
In this passage we begin to get a sense of the varied response to Jesus and His ministry.
1. WS: (26:1-6) What three words from the text summarize the response of the people to Jesus and His ministry? (Do a word study on one or two of them.) How did that affect Jesus’ ministry? (Mark 2:2-5; 5:32-34; 10:47-52)
2. ID: (6:8-9) What instructions did Jesus give to the Twelve about what they should bring on their “missions trip?” What do those instructions indicate about their mission?
3. ID: (3:10-12) What was their message? How were they to respond to people who rejected them? (Why do you think Sodom and Gomorrah were referenced?)
4. CR/ID: (3:14-29) Who was Herod Antipas (cf. Matthew 14:3-5; Luke 3:19-20 / Matthew 14:6-12; Luke 9:7-9 / Luke 23:7-12). What do we learn about him in this passage?
5. ID: (6:14-20, 25-29) What do we learn about John the Baptist and his ministry in this passage?
6. CR: (2:8) Why did Herod think Jesus was like John the Baptist? Why was the ministry of John the Baptist associated with Elijah (Matthew 17:9-13)? Why do you think Mark included this flashback of John the Baptist’s death?
The WALK: What should I do?
1. Is it easier for you to live the Christian life at home or away from home?
2. Jesus ministry (not omnipotence) seemed to be restricted because of their unbelief (Mark 5:32-34). How do we sometimes grieve the Holy Spirit by our unbelief?
3. Do Jesus’ instructions to the disciples have any applications for our evangelistic efforts? What?
4. Why do you think Jesus sent them out in twos? What is the lesson for us?
5. Have you ever made a rash vow that you regretted? Is it ever best to go back on a promise?
Going Beyond: What areas of theology are touched on in this passage?
The Bible God God the Father Jesus Christ The Holy Spirit Man Salvation The Church Angels & Satan Future Things –
Answer: There are several men in the New Testament referred to as “Herod.” These Herods were part of a dynasty, a partly hereditary, partly appointed line of Idumean rulers over Israel during the days of the Roman Empire. Unlike other previous kings of Israel, the Herods were appointed by the Roman emperors and the senate.
The first of the Herods is often known as “Herod the Great” and is the one who sought to kill Jesus in Matthew 2 by slaughtering all the infant boys. This Herod also tried to enlist the wise men to reveal the whereabouts of the baby Jesus. According to Jewish historians, this first Herod, also called Herod the Ascalonite, was the son of Antipater, a friend and deputy of King Hyrcanus. He was made king in the room of Hyrcanus his master by the senate of Rome.
The son of Herod the Great was Herod Antipas (or Antipater), who was referred to as Herod the tetrarch (Matthew 14:1; Luke 3:1). The word tetrarch signifies that one who governs a fourth part of a kingdom. His father Herod the Great divided his large kingdom into four parts and bequeathed them to his sons, an action confirmed by the Roman senate. This Herod Antipas was tetrarch of Galilee, the part of the kingdom assigned to him. He is the one Jesus was sent to during His trials and eventual crucifixion (Luke 23). This same Herod Antipas was the Herod who had John the Baptist murdered (Matthew 14).
Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod the Great (Acts 12). It was he who persecuted the church in Jerusalem and had the apostle James, the brother of John and son of Zebedee, put to death by the sword. By the hand of Herod Agrippa I, James became the first apostle to be martyred. Two of Agrippa I’s daughters were Bernice and Drusilla, mentioned in Acts 24 and Acts 25.
Agrippa’s son, Herod Agrippa II, was instrumental in saving Paul from being tried and imprisoned in Jerusalem by the Jews who hated his testimony of Jesus as the Messiah. King Agrippa, out of consideration for Paul being a Roman citizen, allowed Paul to defend himself, thereby giving Paul the opportunity to preach the gospel to all who were assembled (Acts 25—26). Agrippa II was the last of the line of Herods. After him, the family fell out of favor with Rome.
An Apparent Contradiction…
“There is an apparent contradiction between Matthew 10 and Mark 6:8. Matthew says, “Take not staff” while Mark says, “Take nothing for the journey except a staff.” Mark uses the word ariō, “take up.” Matthew uses the word ktaomai, “procure.” It may simply be that Matthew assumes they already have certain “travel tools” and they are not going to buy a new set of luggage for their trip. In other words, they surely already had a walking stick in their hand. They didn’t need a new one for this trip.
Edersheim notes that the command to take not extra “stuff” corresponds to the rabbinic command about entering the temple for service without “staff, shoes, … and a money girdle.” The symbolic reasons underlying this command would, in both cases, be probably the same: to avoid even the appearance of being engaged on other business, when the whole being should be absorbed in the service of the Lord (Edersheim, I: 643).”
Lesson 7 – Mark 6.1-29
1. The three words I was thinking of are astonished, offended, and unbelief, but you and your men may see others.
4. Note the article that helps answer this question in the extra section.
4-5 These questions include inductive and deductive character studies about these two contrasting characters. This should help the men sharpen their observation skills.
6. The last part of this question is primarily to prompt thought and discussion.
2. One of the things to notice is the central part that repentance had in their preaching. (6:12, 17-19)
4. This question may seem a little moralistic. However, I thought since the issue was so clear in the passage, it might be a good time to discuss it.
5. Please take some time to observe allusions to the Gospel in the passage each week. This is an important focus and skill for the men to develop and it will lay a foundation for them if they should read Mark with an unbeliever. Of course there is no need to shoe horn the Gospel in where it isn’t.
All the Herods in the Gospels are notoriously difficult to keep straight. This is a short article to give a sketch of each one.
I have also included a note about an apparent contradiction.