Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 6
Understanding the Scriptures
|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.
Jesus Returns to His Hometown
According to Mark 6:1–6, how was Jesus received when He returned to “his own country,” meaning His home town of Nazareth?
What blessings were withheld from those people because of their attitude? (see v. 5).
How can this story apply to our dealings with local and general Church leaders today?
Responding to Guilt
In Mark 6:14–28, what did Herod do that might show he felt guilty about something?
How did Herodias respond to her guilt?
What should we do when we experience guilt for our sins?
Learning about the Savior
List two things you learn about the character, nature, or power of Jesus from the story in Mark 6:31–44.