The Red-Letter Words of Yeshua ~ Part 66

Yeshua Sends Out His Emissaries ~ Part 6

In our last post, we continued to examine the topic of Yeshua Sends Out His Emissaries. In this post, we conclude this topic as we look briefly at The Death of Yochanan the Immerser and the Emissaries’ Return and Report.

The Death of Yochanan the Immerser

I think that most of my readers are familiar with the ministry in Yochanan the Immerser. In the interest of space and the lack of Red-Letter Words, I’ll refer you to his death and burial details to Mattityahu 14:3-12a and Mark 6:17-29.

Emissaries Return & Report

On their return, the emissaries detailed to Yeshua what they had done. What they had done refers to their use of Yeshua’s delegated power and authority in the casting out of demons, healings, and preaching.

Then, taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a town called Beit-Tzaidah. [1] But the crowds found out and followed Him. [2] There were so many people coming and going that they couldn’t even take time to eat, so he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a place where we can be alone, and you can get some rest.”

The departure and return of the twelve emissaries frame the story of Yochanan the Immerser’s death (Mark 6:14–29), which interrupts the emissaries’ mission as a flashback.

They went off by themselves to an isolated spot; [3]… to the far side of Lake Kinneret (that is, Lake Tiberias), [4] to a solitary place. But many people, seeing them leave and recognizing them, ran ahead on foot from all the towns and got there first. [5]

(I love how F. LaGard Smith pieces the four Gospels together to convey the scene.)

In our next post, we will examine our next series on Miracles and Multitudes beginning in Mark 4:34.

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[1] A village near Capernaum and the hometown of Kefa, Andrew, and Philip.

[2] Luke 9:10-11a.

[3] Mark 6:30–32.

[4] John 6:1.

[5] Mark 6:33.

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