The Good Shepherd

On Sunday at our church we studied Mark 6:30-44:

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

This passage presents Jesus as the Good Shepherd promised by the Old Testament to provide for His people. Specifically, Mark 6:30-44 provides us with three reminders of the Good Shepherd’s provision for His people.

I. The Good Shepherd provides under-shepherds for His people. (vv. 30-32)

A. the description of the Good Shepherd (i.e. Jesus trains apostles)

B. the prediction of the Good Shepherd (Jeremiah 3:15)

C. the provision of the Good Shepherd (Eph 4:11-12)

D. the implications for the sheep

1. seek spiritual shepherding – God designed you to need shepherding to have your spiritual needs met.

2. submit to spiritual shepherding – Heb 13:17

II. The Good Shepherd provides for the spiritual needs of His people. (vv. 33-34)

A. the description of the Good Shepherd (i.e. Jesus’ compassion & Teaching)

B. the prediction of the Good Shepherd (Isa 23:4)

C. the provision of the Good Shepherd (John 10:11)

D. the implications for the sheep

1. repent and believe to have spiritual needs met (Isa 53:6)

2. prioritize spiritual needs

III. The Good Shepherd provides for the physical needs of His people. (vv. 35-44)

A. the description of the Good Shepherd (i.e. Jesus feeds 5k plus)

B. the prediction of the Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)

C. the provision of the Good Shepherd (Revelation 7:17)

D. the implications for the sheep

1. trust your shepherd for needed provision (Matthew 6:31-32)

2. hope in your shepherd for eternal provision

You can find the audio from the sermon HERE.

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