Today's Verse: Mark 6:34

Friday, June 15, 2007

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
— Mark 6:34
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Jesus reminds us of the incredible importance of teaching. His disciples were tired from their recent mission to serve and bless others. Jesus was grieved that his cousin and forerunner, John the Baptizer, had been viciously executed by Herod. The crowds flocked to Jesus and his disciples, looking for more help, miracles, and attention. While we might expect him to do great miracles and wondrous signs arising out of his compassion and power, Jesus knew these shepherdless sheep needed good, solid, down-to-earth, practical teaching from the Teacher who knows them and cares for them most. People need food for the soul and food to fill their bellies.

My Prayer...

Almighty God, please bless your Church with dynamic, compassionate, and effective teachers. Please give your people, your sheep, a hunger for your Word and a willingness to put it into practice in our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Illustration of Mark 6:34 — When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

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