- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Jesus was rejected by his own people in his hometown (v1-6)—they saw miracles Jesus made. They heard Jesus teaching in the Synagogue, and they were amazed. But they did not believe Jesus because of their prejudice. They saw with spiritual blindness. They heard with spiritual deafness. Jesus himself was amazed at their lack of faith.
Jesus sent out the twelve disciples (v7-13) — Two by two was the way that Jesus sent them out to mission field, granted them with authority to preach and to heal, and with the presence and provision of God. “God sent, God equipped, and God provided,” is three elements of God’s mission.
John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod (v14-29) —- John the Baptist confronted with King Herod for his unethical action, and was also against the covenant of God. King Herod took his brother’s wife by force. King Herod plotted to kill John the Baptist and he did viciously.
Jesus fed the five thousand people (v 30-44) — A big crowd followed Jesus and they were like sheep without a shepherd, and Jesus had compassion on them. By the request of disciples to send them out to find their food, Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” With what they had, five loaves of bread and two fish,” Jesus fed them fully with twelve basketful leftover. Blessing, multiplication, magnification of God through our giving is shown in the miracle.
Jesus walked on the water (v46-52) — Out of busy mission of teaching and healing, Jesus set a time to pray alone on a mountain. At night Jesus saw his disciples straining at the oars against the wind, and he walked to them on the lake. They were terrified thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus comforted them, and calmed the wind.
Jesus healed the sick at Gennesarat (v53-56) —- The people heard about Jesus and they brought the sick. They saw all the sick healed by Jesus.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?” “Who is Jesus to you?”
- Pray to God with your answer.
- Live it out through the day.