Week of January 13 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Matthew 2:11

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 

Day 1 Read: Mark 6:30-44

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 denarii worth 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.

Reflect: What was the situation? What time of day was it? Where did this take place? What was the need? Why was this need so great?

Consider: The apostles (apostoloi, “delegates, messengers”) returned to Jesus, probably at Capernaum by prearrangement, and reported to Him all they had done (they mentioned their “works” first) and taught (“words”) in fulfilling their commission. The designation “apostles” for the Twelve occurs only twice in Mark (3:14). It is used in a nontechnical sense to describe their function as “missionaries” (6:7–9; Acts 14:14) rather than to denote an official title (Eph. 2:19–20).1

Respond: Why do you think Jesus responded in verse 37 with, “you give them something to eat”? What was he hoping to accomplish by putting this back on the disciples?

1 John D. Grassmick, “Mark,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 129–130.