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Mark 6:14-44 – Two Men; Two Views of Life: Meditative Musing for Nov 30


Two different men with two different views of life.

One was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. A true son of his father, he divorced his wife to marry his brother Phillip’s wife, Herodias. John the Baptist condemned this marriage publicly. Herod had him arrested, but was afraid to kill him. Herodias’ chance came when her daughter got Herod to promise her anything she wanted up to half his kingdom. Her mother said to ask for the head of John the Baptist.

The other man was Jesus Christ. Once, crowds around Jesus and His disciples were so great they could not find time to eat! They withdrew to a deserted place to rest. When Jesus and His disciples landed, the crowd had out run them.Yet,

He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34).

Late in the day the disciples urged Jesus to send them away to buy food. Jesus said, “feed the crowd yourselves” – which He did with five loaves and two small fish the disciples found. Five thousand men ate until satisfied – and the disciples picked up twelve baskets full afterward.

One man saw life with cruel eyes of oppression of any who would thwart his will. The other saw people with compassion, which He offered generously.

How does your view of life affect the life you live? If you are living selfishly, is it because you view life with selfish lens? What could change that?

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