Mark 6: Bible Study Guide

Morning Thought/ Theme: Jesus Christ—despised, rejected/ Key Text: Mark 5:1-6.

Mark 6:4–6 (NKJV) — 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” 5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

Introduction: Have you ever been despised, ridiculed, accused, rejected? The most severe critics of a man’s life and work are those who are close to him (relatives), those who have always known him. Jesus experienced the same (Mk 6:3). Jesus left Capernaum and returned to His hometown, Nazareth. Nazareth was the city where He had grown up as a child and young man. Note that his own people (his village) did not flock to Him like they had everywhere else. From all indications, He had no opportunity to teach or preach to them until the Sabbath, he went to the synagogue “as was his custom” (Lk 4:16).

Here is an overview of the first six verses of Mark 6: Jesus was in His hometown, Nazareth (vv. 1–2); Some began to question His source of authority (vv. 2–3); Some were offended by Him; Some thought of Him only as one of their own (vv. 3–4); Some blocked God’s power (vv. 5); Some were gripped with unbelief—shockingly so (vv. 6).

Devotional Implication: Jesus was not just being rejected—He was being sneered at and despised. You remember what was said of Him, 700 years before He came? He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3, NKJV) In what way can we despise the Son of God today? Through our actions (inactions, or disobedience), through our unbelief. Heb 6:4-6 talks about “trampling down the Son of God.” You see, people do trample on what they disrespect, disapproval of, or hate. The believer tramples under foot the Son of God when they rebel against Him, against His will. What could be worse than that? May God help us to rather be obedient sons and daughters of the Most High. This is my earnest prayer for you in Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Gospel’s Voice: “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,” (1 Peter 1:13–15, NKJV)

Have a Blessed Day: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:16–17, NKJV)


Bible Study Guide/ Mark 6, (41-BSG-6K)/ Discussion Questions

[1] Is this not the carpenter’s son, “the Son of Mary?” The phrase “the Son of Mary” implies what? Why this kind of question? (6:3) Is it appropriate to call Jesus, the Son of Mary? What about those who elevates Mary (the mother of God) in their prayer/ worship, are they correct?

[2] In His hometown, Nazareth, Jesus faced a crowd that wondered how He became so powerful in both word and works, but they didn’t want to believe Him! In fact, he was despised and rejected. Does our unbelief limit what God can do to us? Discuss (6:5–6)

[3] In vv. 7-11, Jesus send out His disciples to do the same things that He did: preach, heal the sick, and free people from evil spirit. As Christ’s disciples today, how can we have the same authority over demons/ evil spirits? (6:7)

[4] Why does Jesus send the disciples out, two by two? (6:7–11) Why does He command them to take nothing? (6:8) Why shake the dust off their feet? (6:11)

[5] In v. 13, Jesus commands them to “anoint with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” The other reference to anointing with oil for healing is in James 5:14-15. The anointing with oil is a picture of what in the Bible? Couldn’t oil also have had a medicinal purpose in those days? Does oil cure sickness? (6:13)

[6] Why did Herod like to listen to John the Baptist, while John criticize his lifestyle? (6:20) Would Herod really have given half of his kingdom to his daughter? (6:23)

[7] What is so remarkable about the miracle of feeding 5000 men (plus women and children) with “five loaves and the two fish” only? (6:32–44)

[8] When Jesus saw a great multitude, He was “moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.” How was the crowd like sheep without a shepherd? What does this mean? (6:34)

[9] If Jesus is God, why did he need to pray? (6:46) Why going up the mountain to be alone? What lesson can we learn from Christ?

[10] Why did Jesus walk on the water? (6:48) How and why were the disciples’ hearts hardened? (6:52)

THE END: Welcome for further comments/ discussion based Mark 6. Blessings!


Bible Study Guide/ Mark 6, (41-BSG-6M)/ List of Specific Sins.

[1] Opposing Christ. Christ suffered many oppositions from different angles, for example, opposition by the Crowd (John 12:34–36); by His Family (John 7:2–9), by His Generation (Mt 11:16–19; Lk 19:7), by Herod (Mt 2:16; 14:1–13; Mk 6:14–29), by Nazarenes (Mt 13:53–58; Mk 6:4–6), by religious leaders (Mt 12:14; Mk 3:6; Lk 6:11; Jn 11:47-53), by political leaders (Mt 2:13-14; Lk 13:31), but above all, by Satan (Mk 8:31–33; 34–38).

[2] Failure to Repent –“So they went out and preached that people should repent.” (Mark 6:12, NKJV)

[3] Adultery – Taking your brother’s wife, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herod took Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife (Mk 6:18-18).

[4] Murder – Herod killed John the Baptist. Life is so precious before the Creator! Remember the Sixth commandment? THOU SHALT NOT KILL!

[5] Failure to be merciful: When Jesus saw a great multitude, He was “moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd” (Mk 6:34).

[6] Failure to offer thanksgiving to the Father for His providential care – When Jesus had taken the five loaves and the two fish, “He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves…” (Mk 6:41). There’s more to this prayer.

[7] Forgetting the fragments — “And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.” (Mark 6:43) The gathering of fragments reminds us the following — (a) another day of need will surely come; (b) the blessings of God should not be wasted; (c) grateful hearts make full use of God’s blessings!

[8] Fear, hardening of the heart –When faithless disciples saw Christ walking on the water, they were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mk 6:50, 52)

Warnings of Punishment for Sin:The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.” (Ezekiel 18:20–21, NKJV)

God’s call for Genuine Repentance: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19, NKJV)

The End: May God help us to avoid/ repent these sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9–10, NKJV)


Bible Study Guide/ Mark 6, (41-BSG-6Y)/ Selected Devotional Thought(s) in Mark 6/ Theme: Unbelief.


Mark 6:3–6 (NKJV) — 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. 4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

THOUGHT # 1: Limited visions of an Unlimited Savior — The phrase “Son of Mary” (Mk 6:3) was not a compliment. The use of it here is probably disparaging. “It was contrary to Jewish usage to describe a man as the son of his mother, even when she was a widow, except in insulting terms. Rumors to the effect that Jesus was illegitimate appear to have circulated in his own lifetime and may lie behind this reference as well.” (Lane)

Some see Jesus as the Carpenter’s Son; Some see Jesus as Mary’s Baby Boy; Some see Jesus as a Prophet; Some see Him as a Savior. Who is this Jesus to you? How important is Jesus to you? Pilate/ and the religious leaders didn’t have a clue about the identity/ the office of Jesus Christ. Do you remember how He was brought in and questioned, just before the verdict, to be crucified?

“Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” (John 19:10, NKJV) Pilate thought he had power and authority than Christ (poor weak, unrepented Pilate).

When brought before Sanhedrin, Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:63–64, NKJV)

Christ’s response here should frighten each unrepentant sinner, for He will come a Second time, to Judge the World, not in Humiliation, but with great power and glory. Beloved, Jesus Christ is the great God, the Coming King – who also is THE JUDGE! You better be ready and accept Him (voluntarily now) or else, you shall incur His Judgment (punishment for sin on that Day, read Rev 6:16; 14:9-11).

THOUGHT # 2: Why were they offended at Him? Because of Unbelief (Mk 6:6). They were astonished at His teachings, yet refused to believe (v. 2); They knew all about Him, yet refused to believe (v. 3); They knew about His mighty works, yet refused to believe! Unbelief is a dangerous sin. Remember, the first sin was unbelief (Eve, cf. Gen 3). What are some causes of unbelief? Spiritual blindness; The love of sin; Egotism and pride; Self-righteousness; Satan himself is a great preacher of unbelief. Unbelief is the result of listening to Satan.

THOUGHT # 3: Effects, or Results of Unbelief: Unbelief is an insult to God; It refutes all the promises of God’s Word; It cancels out the work of Christ. In His hometown, Nazareth, Christ  “could do no mighty work there” (Mark 6:5), Why? Because of unbelief.

Unbelief renders useless the Atonement of Christ — “If they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:6, NKJV) “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” (Hebrews 10:26, NKJV) “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29, NKJV)

Beloved, Unbelief takes away God’s word (Lk 8:12); Unbelief cause/ leads to spiritual blindness (2 Cor 4:4; Rom 1:21); Unbelief hinders Jesus Christ’s miracles (Mt 13:58// Mk 6:5-6); Unbelief will keep you from surrendering your whole life to Christ; Unbelief will rob you of God’s blessings; Unbelief makes you a sinner—and keeps you a sinner because it keeps you from accepting Christ; Unbelief places you under sentence of condemnation: “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18, NKJV)

Warning against Unbelief: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” (Romans 1:18, NKJV) “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:41–42, NKJV)

Have a Good Night: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30–31, NKJV)