The Red-Letter Words of Yeshua ~ Part 67

Miracles and Multitudes ~ Part 1

In our last post, we concluded our examination of the topic of Yeshua Sends Out His Emissaries. This post begins with a new topic as we look at more Miracles and Multitudes.

Introduction

As Yeshua’s ministry nears its second year, He reaches a peak of popularity among the multitudes starting with the feeding of the Five Thousand. However, when He later says that He is the true bread of life and that they must eat His flesh, many are offended and turn away. They can accept Him as a famous hero who works wonders, but they are unwilling to accept the demands of being a talmid.

Despite His opposition, what is impressive about Yeshua is the extent to which He has won the hearts of the ordinary people. He is not just another prophet but the Messiah about whom the other prophets have prophesied.

Yeshua Teaches the Multitude

We pick up where we left off in our last post: They went off by themselves to an isolated spot; [1] … to the far side of Lake Kinneret (that is, Lake Tiberias), [2] 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. [3]

When Yeshua came ashore, He saw a huge crowd. Filled with compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, He began teaching them many things. [4] Welcoming them, He went on to speak to them about the Kingdom of God and to heal those who needed to be healed. [5] Now the Judean festival of Pesach (Passover) was coming up.[6]

In our next post, we will continue to examine the series on Miracles and Multitudes beginning in Mark 6:35, The Feeding of the Five Thousand.

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[1] Mark 6:30–32.

[2] Yochanon 6:1.

[3] Mark 6:33.

[4] Mark 6:34.

[5] Luke 9:11b.

[6] Yochanan 6:4.