Mark 6: Who Is This Man Jesus?

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 43–44

The miracles Jesus performed were remarkable, but most of the people did not understand who Jesus really was. In Mark 6 we read about how He was thought of by the people of His hometown; by the ruler, Herod; and by His own disciples, who still misunderstood Him. Think about your testimony of Jesus as you read this chapter and imagine how you might have tried to help people understand Jesus if you had been there when the events in Mark 6 occurred.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mark 6

From whence hath this man these things? (v. 2)Where did he learn these things? 
Kin (v. 4)Family 
Save a staff (v. 8)Except a walking stick 
Scrip (v. 8)A bag for food or clothing 
It shall be more tolerable (v. 11)The punishment will be less 
Abroad (v. 14)In many different places 
Executioner (v. 27)Person who puts people to death 
Leisure (v. 31)Rest, free time 
Ran afoot thither (v. 33)Traveled on foot there 
Companies; ranks (vv. 39–40)Groups 
Fragments (v. 43)Pieces left over 
Constrained (v. 45)Commanded 
Even (v. 47)Night, evening 
Contrary unto (v. 48)Against 
Fourth watch of the night (v. 48)Just before sunrise 

Mark 6:17–19—“It Is Not Lawful for Thee to Have Thy Brother’s Wife”

Herodias, wife of Herod at the time of this story, had been the wife of Herod’s half-brother Philip. She had divorced him in order to marry Herod, and Herod had divorced his first wife and married Herodias. Marrying one’s brother’s wife while he was still alive was forbidden by the law of Moses (see Leviticus 20:21). It was also wrong to divorce a spouse because of an interest in someone else (see Matthew 5:31–32). Herodias’ actions seem to indicate that she felt guilty, and rather than repent, she chose to get rid of the person who reminded her of her guilt—John the Baptist.

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mark 6.

Activity A iconJesus Returns to His Hometown

  1. 1.

    According to Mark 6:1–6, how was Jesus received when He returned to “his own country,” meaning His home town of Nazareth?

  2. 2.

    What blessings were withheld from those people because of their attitude? (see v. 5).

  3. 3.

    How can this story apply to our dealings with local and general Church leaders today?

Activity B iconResponding to Guilt

  1. 1.

    In Mark 6:14–28, what did Herod do that might show he felt guilty about something?

  2. 2.

    How did Herodias respond to her guilt?

  3. 3.

    What should we do when we experience guilt for our sins?

  4. 4.

    Compare what happens when we try to cover our guilt and sins (see D&C 121:37) to what happens when we humble ourselves and repent (see Enos 1:4–8; Mosiah 4:2–3).

Activity C iconLearning about the Savior

List two things you learn about the character, nature, or power of Jesus from the story in Mark 6:31–44.