The sinful nature is very cunning. It not only nurtures a desire to do wrong, but it waits for an ideal opportunity to do it.
The proud king could not see any way out. He had invited all the important people so that he could look like the kind ruler (that he was not).
Our passages so far this week (Mark 6v14-29 - a flashback to the beheading of John the Baptist) started when Herod heard that Jesus had sent His disciples to announce the need for repentance (Mark
The Christian's life often expects one thing, buts gets another!
The 'Working Hours Directive' was not a part of the ministry of Jesus! The disciples had come to that day, exhausted. They thought that they would have a 'day off' with Jesus ...
When we don't know how to do something, the most difficult step is the first one. So Jesus sends His disciples off to find out how much food there is in the crowd.
The 5000 had been fed, the disciples were refreshed; but Jesus had another appointment. He needed time with His Father, and that needed to be alone.
Jesus was by Himself on the mountainside, praying, while the disciples were getting into heavy weather on the lake.
Exhausted people don't always make good decisions.
The last verse from yesterday and the first today reveals the disciples' problem: their hearts were hardened ... like hard skin on a well worn surface, yet incapable of feeling.
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