Vs. 3, “Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, a Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.” Things are not always what they seem, they didn’t get it. How sad to think that Jesus was rejected from his own hometown (vs. 1-6). Many of the events we just went over earlier with Matthew’s Gospel. While the enemy seemed to be victorious over John the Baptist, there was no stopping Jesus (vs. 14-29). The compassion upon the many people is always a good lesson for us as we seem to get to busy to care for others in our lives (vs. 30-44).
Regarding application…Hardened Heart. Vs. 52, “for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” Mark gives us some insight to the feeding of the 5000 and the discilples hearts. They didn’t get it. They didn’t understand the purpose of the miracle or even perhaps who Jesus really was. Even though they had just gotten back on their own missionary journey, their process of understanding still took some time. Their hearts were still needing to be softened. Question: What does this mean for us? Don’t get discouraged, don’t be afraid (vs. 50)…Jesus is so patient. He does not expect us all at one instant moment to get it. It takes time, it takes effort, it takes making mistakes. Though their hearts were hardened, it was a process…for they still desired to soften their heart. And that’s what God is asking of us too.