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Mark 6:45-52 – Walking Across the Sea

|| Matthew 14:22, 23;[1] John 6:16-21

MK6:45 Afterward Jesus told his disciples to board the fishing boat and go ahead across to Bethsaida,[2] while he dismissed the crowd. MK6:46 When Jesus had sent them all away he went into the mountains alone to pray. MK6:47 Now during the night[3] the boat was in the middle of the open sea and Jesus was alone on the shore. MK6:48 Then, at the pre-dawn hours beholding the disciples straining at the oars against opposing winds, Jesus approached them walking upon the sea intending to just pass them by.[4] MK6:49 However, when the disciples saw him walking upon the sea, at first thinking it was a phantom,[5] they screamed in fear. MK6:50 But they all did see Jesus and were very troubled. So instantly Jesus called to them and said: “Take courage! It is me![6] Do not be afraid!” MK6:51 Now Jesus approached them in the boat and the wind suddenly stopped. The disciples were awestruck [[and marveled]].[7] MK6:52 For they had not perceived the meaning of the loaves because their hearts were dull of understanding.[8]

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[1] Matthew 14:22, 23: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] Bethsaida: At the northern beginning of the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan enters the lake. [Jewish Antiquities, XVIII, 28 [ii, 1]]

[3] During the night: After midnight and more likely between 3-6 AM.

[4] Intending to just pass them by: Or, KJV: would have passed by them; ALF: he was purposing to pass by them; KNX: made as if to pass them by.

[5] Phantom: Or, spirit, apparition, ghost. The Greek is PHANTASMA.

[6] It is me: Or, it is I, I am [he]. The Greek is EGO EIMI.

[7] The bracketed is not in some texts.

[8] Dull of understanding: Or, heart was hardened, minds were closed, blinded.

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Mark 6 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 6:14-20 – King Herod Marvels About Jesus

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Mark 6 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 6:30-34 – Jesus Pities Sheep Without Shepherd

Mark 6 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 6:35-44 – 5000 Fed

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