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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Mark 6:1-16

From the Geneva Notes on Mark 6:1-16

Mr 6:1
6:1 And {1} he went out from thence, and came into his own
country; and his disciples follow him.

(1) The faithless world by no means diminishes the virtue of
Christ, but knowingly and willingly it deprives itself of
the efficacy of it being offered unto them.

Mr 6:2
6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the
synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying,
From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom
[is] this which is given unto him, that even such {a} mighty
works are wrought by his hands?

(a) The word signifies powers or virtues, by which are meant
those wonderful works that Christ did which showed and
set forth the virtue and power of his Godhead to all the
world; Mt 7:22.

Mr 6:3
6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of
James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his
{b} sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

(b) This word is used after the manner of the Hebrews, who
by brethren and sisters understand all relatives.

Mr 6:4
6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without {c}
honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and
in his own house.

(c) Not only has that honour taken from him which is rightly
due to him, but also has evil spoken of him and his
words are misrepresented.

Mr 6:5
6:5 And he {d} could there do no mighty work, save that he laid
his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed [them].

(d) That is, he would not: for we need to have faith if we
are going to receive the works of God.

Mr 6:7
6:7 {2} And he called [unto him] the twelve, and began to send
them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean

(2) The disciples are prepared for that general apostleship by
a special sending forth.

Mr 6:8
6:8 {3} And commanded them that they should take nothing for
[their] journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no
money in [their] purse:

(3) Faithful pastors should not have their minds set even on
things that are necessary for this life, if they might be a
hindrance unto them, even if it is just a small hindrance.

Mr 6:9
6:9 But [be] shod with {e} sandals; and not put on {f} two

(e) The word properly signifies women's shoes.
(f) That is they should take no change of garments with
them, so that they might be lighter for this journey
and travel more quickly.

Mr 6:10
6:10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into
an house, {g} there abide till ye depart from that place.

(g) That is, do not change your inns in this short journey.

Mr 6:11
6:11 {4} And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when
ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a
testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be
more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of
judgment, than for that city.

(4) The Lord severely avenges evil done to his servants.

Mr 6:13
6:13 And they cast out many devils, and {h} anointed with oil
many that were sick, and healed [them].

(h) This oil was a token and a sign of his marvellous
virtue: and seeing that the gift of healing has stopped
a good while since, the ceremony of anointing which is
yet carried on by some is of no purpose.

Mr 6:14
6:14 {5} And king Herod heard [of him]; (for his name was spread
abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from
the dead, and therefore mighty {i} works do shew forth
themselves in him.

(5) The gospel confirms the godly and vexes the wicked.
(i) The word signifies powers, by which is meant the power of
working miracles.

Mr 6:15
6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is
a prophet, or as one of {k} the prophets.

(k) Of the old prophets.

Mr 6:16
6:16 But when Herod heard [thereof], he said, It is John, whom I
{l} beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

(l) Commanded to be beheaded.

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