Please read Mark 6:1-13.
Verse 6, “And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.”
Verses 1-4 His countrymen are astonished at the wisdom and mighty works of Jesus, and are offended at Him.
Verses 5-6 The result is that He works few miracles there, because of their unbelief.
Verses 7-11 He sends forth His disciples two by two to preach the Gospel.
Verses 12-13 The disciples depart, preach, and work miracles.
“Is not this the carpenter, son of Mary?” Among the ancient Jews, every father was bound to do four things for his son:
- Circumcise him. 3. Redeem him.
- Teach him the law. 4. Teach him a trade.
The old saying is that, “He who does not teach his son to work, is as if he taught him to steal!”
Jesus left His home country of Nazareth, and His family of four half brothers and two or more half sisters, children of Joseph and Mary born after Jesus.
James, the writer of the Book of James, who became the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, and Jude, the writer of the Book of Jude, both took offense at Jesus’ teaching. We do not know exactly why they would have taken offense, except that it may have been jealousy on their part. The important truth here is that it was not the lack of Jesus’ power, but the lack of their faith that kept Him from working miracles in Nazareth. As far as we know He never returned to Nazareth.
In this message we will focus on verse six: “And he marvelled because of their unbelief.”
Jesus had divine knowledge and insight into the human heart, but he had human limitations in areas that are not clear to us. You will recall that He marvelled at the faith of the Roman centurion where one would not expect faith.
Matthew 8:10, “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel..”
It seems strange that Jesus could marvel, but we have to remember that though God, He had all human characteristics. On the other hand, we need to note that Jesus never marveled outside of these two incidents. In this case, it was because of belief, and in Mark 6:6 it was because of unbelief. Those among us who believe that Jesus gives faith ought to notice some facts about it.
If Jesus had given the centurion faith, He would not have been surprised to find that he had it; and, if He failed to give it to the people of Nazareth, it would have been inconsistent for Him to be surprised at their lack of it. Why would He give faith to a Gentile stranger, and withhold it from His family and countrymen? The simple truth is that faith is really no more or less than belief and is not a miraculous gift. A man who believes the Bible, believes it in the same way he believes any other facts in his life.
In Mark 6:6 He marvels at the lack of faith where he had a right to expect it, not only among the Jews, but in His own home town, and even in his own home. Again, we must remember that He marvelled as a man, and as God nothing was a marvel to Him. Glory!
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!