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October 3, 2011 / Daniel

Jesus is amazed? Mark 6:6

The word “amazed” keeps showing up in the gospel of Mark.  It’s a common reaction that people have to Jesus’ miracles.  Here are some of those instances.

1.  Mark 1:27 (Jesus casts out a demon)

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.

2.  Mark 2:12 (Jesus heals a lame man)

 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

3.  Mark 4:41 (Jesus calms the storm)

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

4.  Mark 5:20 (Jesus casts out a legion of demons)

So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

5.  Mark 5:42 (Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter)

 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.

The crowds were amazed at the displays of Jesus’ power.   That’s why they flocked to Jesus.  They wanted to see Jesus do cool stuff.  However, Mark 6:6 tells that Jesus was astonished because the behavior of the citizens of Nazareth.  Why?  Because of their unbelief.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”  He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

When the crowds see Jesus’ miracles, they are amazed at his power.   When Jesus sees Israel’s response, he is amazed at their unbelief.


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