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B.W. Johnson on Mark 6:1-6

From The People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.


The First Commission.

SUMMARY.--Christ in Nazareth. Teaching in the Synagogue. Rejected by the Nazarenes. The Twelve Sent Forth to Preach. Their Preaching and Work. King Herod's Opinion of Jesus. Account of the Death of John the Baptist. Feeding the Five Thousand in the Desert Place. Praying in the Mountain Alone. The Disciples in the Storm. Christ Cometh and Saves. Healing.

1. Went out from thence. From Capernaum. Came into his own country. Nazareth, where he had been brought up.

2. When the Sabbath day was come. For notes on his reception at Nazareth, see Matt. 13:53-58. This was the second time he was rejected here (Luke 4:14-29).

3. Is not this the carpenter? Matthew reads "The carpenter's son." This shows that Jesus also had worked at the trade. It was the custom for every Jew to be taught some trade by his parents. [180]

5. He could do there no mighty work. Matthew states the reason: "Because of their unbelief." It was not from want of power, but of the conditions that he required. Those in need of help must either have faith enough to seek his help, or their friends must have faith. As faith is the condition of the salvation of the soul, so Christ required it as a condition of the salvation of the body from disease or death.

6. He marveled because of their unbelief. See note on Matt. 8:10. Went round about the villages.
See note on Matt. 9:35.

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