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  Section 6: Miracles and prodigies. The mission of the disciples (Sep 28 - Apr 29)
Jesus retires away from the people, crosses the lake with his disciples and calms the winds and the waves (Sep 28). He disembarks in Gerasa and expels the demons of a possessed man; the demons enter into the swine and the villagers get afraid of Jesus. He returns then to Capernaum, where he heals the woman who had touched his clothes and raises the daughter of Jairus (Oct 28). He is rejected in Nazareth ("no one is prophet in his own country").
He sends the twelve disciples in their first missionary tour, two by two: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few", while he starts another missionary tour through Galilee (Nov 28).
About this time Herod orders John's death, at the request from Herodias' daughter. Then the disciples return and meet with Jesus (Mar 29). They cross the lake looking for solitude, but they find a crowd in Bethsaida; Jesus continues teaching and healing, and in the evening he carries out the first miracle of the loaves, feeding 5000 men with five loaves and two fishes. The people, enthusiastic, want to make him king; Jesus sends the disciples back to the boat, and he escapes to the mountain to pray alone. At dusk, he meet the disciples walking upon the waters, while they fight against the strong wind. After Peter's frustrated intent of walking toward Jesus on the waters, Jesus arrives to the boat and the storms ceases. He continues healing in Genesareth and in Capernaum he exhorts the people to look for the real food; he self-proclaims as the bread of life, and the pharisees take offence when he says: "My flesh is true food and my blood true drink". Coming the third Passover, this time Jesus remains in Galilee. Again, Jesus reproaches the pharisees for hanging on human traditions: because "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man" (Apr 29).

 Crossing the lake: Jesus calms the winds and the waves

8:18  Now when Jesus saw great multitudes around him, he gave the order to depart to the other side.
8:23  When he got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
8:24  Behold, a great tempest arose in the sea, so much that the boat was covered with the waves, but he was asleep.
8:25  They came to him, and woke him up, saying, "Save us, Lord! We are dying!"
8:26  He said to them, "Why are you fearful, oh you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.
8:27  The men marveled, saying, "What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
4:35  On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let's go over to the other side."
4:36  Leaving the multitude, they took him with them, even as he was, in the boat. Other small boats were also with him.
4:37  There arose a great wind storm, and the waves beat into the boat, so much that the boat was already filled.
4:38  He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him up, and told him, "Teacher, don't you care that we are dying?"
4:39  He awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
4:40  He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith?"
4:41  They were greatly afraid, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
8:22  Now it happened on one of those days, that he entered into a boat, himself and his disciples, and he said to them, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they launched out.
8:23  But as they sailed, he fell asleep. A wind storm came down on the lake, and they were taking on dangerous amounts of water.
8:24  They came to him, and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we are dying!" He awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and they ceased, and it was calm.
8:25  He said to them, "Where is your faith?" Being afraid they marveled, saying one to another, "Who is this, then, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?"
 The possessed Gerasen man: The demons enter the swine

8:28  When he came to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, two people possessed by demons met him there, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that nobody could pass by that way.
8:29  Behold, they cried out, saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?"
8:30  Now there was a herd of many pigs feeding far away from them.
8:31  The demons begged him, saying, "If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of pigs."
8:32  He said to them, "Go!" They came out, and went into the herd of pigs: and behold, the whole herd of pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea, and died in the water.
8:33  Those who fed them fled, and went away into the city, and told everything, including what happened to those who were possessed with demons.
8:34  Behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged that he would depart from their borders.
5:1  They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
5:2  When he had come out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
5:3  who had his dwelling in the tombs. Nobody could bind him any more, not even with chains,
5:4  because he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the fetters broken in pieces. Nobody had the strength to tame him.
5:5  Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones.
5:6  When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed down to him,
5:7  and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, don't torment me."
5:8  For he said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
5:9  He asked him, "What is your name?" He said to him, "My name is Legion, for we are many."
5:10  He begged him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
5:11  Now there was on the mountainside a great herd of pigs feeding.
5:12  All the demons begged him, saying, "Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them."
5:13  At once Jesus gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea.
5:14  Those who fed them fled, and told it in the city and in the country. The people came to see what it was that had happened.
5:15  They came to Jesus, and saw him who had been possessed by demons sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, even him who had the legion; and they were afraid.
5:16  Those who saw it declared to them how it happened to him who was possessed by demons, and about the pigs.
5:17  They began to beg him to depart from their region.
5:18  As he was entering into the boat, he who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him.
5:19  He didn't allow him, but said to him, "Go to your house, to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you."
5:20  He went his way, and began to proclaim in Decapolis how Jesus had done great things for him, and everyone marveled.
8:26  They arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
8:27  When Jesus stepped ashore, a certain man out of the city who had demons for a long time met him. He wore no clothes, and didn't live in a house, but in the tombs.
8:28  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, "What do I have to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torment me!"
8:29  For Jesus was commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For the unclean spirit had often seized the man. He was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters. Breaking the bands apart, he was driven by the demon into the desert.
8:30  Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion," for many demons had entered into him.
8:31  They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.
8:32  Now there was there a herd of many pigs feeding on the mountain, and they begged him that he would allow them to enter into those. He allowed them.
8:33  The demons came out from the man, and entered into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned.
8:34  When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.
8:35  People went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
8:36  Those who saw it told them how he who had been possessed by demons was healed.
8:37  All the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them, for they were very much afraid. He entered into the boat, and returned.
8:38  But the man from whom the demons had gone out begged him that he might go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,
8:39  "Return to your house, and declare what great things God has done for you." He went his way, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
 Jesus heals the woman who touched his clothes and raises Jairus' daughter to life

9:18  While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live."
9:19  Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples.
9:20  Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the tassels of his garment;
9:21  for she said within herself, "If I just touch his garment, I will be made well."
9:22  But Jesus, turning around and seeing her, said, "Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
9:23  When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,
9:24  he said to them, "Make room, because the girl isn't dead, but sleeping." They were ridiculing him.
9:25  But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
9:26  The report of this went out into all that land.
5:21  When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side, a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea.
5:22  Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
5:23  and begged him much, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made healthy, and live."
5:24  He went with him, and a great multitude followed him, and they pressed upon him on all sides.
5:25  A certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years,
5:26  and had suffered many things by many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse,
5:27  having heard the things concerning Jesus, came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes.
5:28  For she said, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well."
5:29  Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
5:30  Immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd, and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
5:31  His disciples said to him, "You see the multitude pressing against you, and you say, 'Who touched me?'"
5:32  He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
5:33  But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
5:34  He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be cured of your disease."
5:35  While he was still speaking, they came from the synagogue ruler's house saying, "Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?"
5:36  But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don't be afraid, only believe."
5:37  He allowed no one to follow him, except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
5:38  He came to the synagogue ruler's house, and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.
5:39  When he had entered in, he said to them, "Why do you make an uproar and weep? The child is not dead, but is asleep."
5:40  They ridiculed him. But he, having put them all out, took the father of the child and her mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was lying.
5:41  Taking the child by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha cumi;" which means, being interpreted, "Girl, I tell you, get up."
5:42  Immediately the girl rose up, and walked, for she was twelve years old. They were amazed with great amazement.
5:43  He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.
8:40  It happened, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
8:41  Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus' feet, and begged him to come into his house,
8:42  for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.
8:43  A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any,
8:44  came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.
8:45  Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, 'Who touched me?'"
8:46  But Jesus said, "Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me."
8:47  When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
8:48  He said to her, "Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
8:49  While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue's house came, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Don't trouble the Teacher."
8:50  But Jesus hearing it, answered him, "Don't be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed."
8:51  When he came to the house, he didn't allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother.
8:52  All were weeping and mourning her, but he said, "Don't weep. She isn't dead, but sleeping."
8:53  They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead.
8:54  But he put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, he called, saying, "Child, arise!"
8:55  Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat.
8:56  Her parents were amazed, but he charged them to tell no one what had been done.
 Jesus is rejected in Nazareth

13:53  It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from there.
13:54  Coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom, and these mighty works?
13:55  Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?
13:56  Aren't all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all of these things?"
13:57  They were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house."
13:58  He didn't do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
6:1  He went out from there. He came into his own country, and his disciples followed him.
6:2  When the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things?" and, "What is the wisdom that is given to this man, that such mighty works come about by his hands?
6:3  Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" They were offended at him.
6:4  Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house."
6:5  He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people, and healed them.
6:6  He marveled because of their unbelief. He went around the villages teaching.
 The twelve are sent out
 a. "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few"

9:35  Jesus went about all the cities and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people.
9:36  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
9:37  Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
9:38  Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest."
 b. How to proclaim the Kingdom: "Take nothing for your journey..."

10:5  Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, "Don't go among the Gentiles, and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans.
10:6  Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
10:7  As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!'
10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give.
10:9  Don't take any gold, nor silver, nor brass in your money belts.
10:10  Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food.
10:11  Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy; and stay there until you go on.
10:12  As you enter into the household, greet it.
10:13  If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn't worthy, let your peace return to you.
10:14  Whoever doesn't receive you, nor hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake off the dust from your feet.
10:15  Most assuredly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
10:16  "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
6:7  He called to himself the twelve, and began to send them out two by two; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
6:8  He charged them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a staff only: no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse,
6:9  but to wear sandals, and not put on two tunics.
6:10  He said to them, "Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from there.
6:11  Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!"
9:1  He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
9:2  He sent them forth to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
9:3  He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey--neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece.
9:4  Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there.
9:5  As many as don't receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them."
 Jesus and the disciples go preaching through Galilee

11:1  It happened that when Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.
6:12  They went out and preached that people should repent.
6:13  They cast out many demons, and anointed many with oil who were sick, and healed them.
9:6  They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.
 Death of John the Baptist: Herod and Herodias' daughter

14:3  For Herod had laid hold of John, and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife.
14:4  For John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
14:5  When he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
14:6  But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced among them and pleased Herod.
14:7  Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask.
14:8  She, being prompted by her mother, said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptizer."
14:9  The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who sat at the table with him, he commanded it to be given,
14:10  and he sent and beheaded John in the prison.
14:11  His head was brought on a platter, and given to the young lady: and she brought it to her mother.
14:12  His disciples came, and took the body, and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
6:17  For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her.
6:18  For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
6:19  Herodias set herself against him, and desired to kill him, but she couldn't,
6:20  for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he did many things, and he heard him gladly.
6:21  Then a convenient day came, that Herod on his birthday made a supper for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
6:22  When the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those sitting with him. The king said to the young lady, "Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you."
6:23  He swore to her, "Whatever you shall ask of me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom."
6:24  She went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" She said, "The head of John the Baptizer."
6:25  She came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptizer on a platter."
6:26  The king was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths, and of his dinner guests, he didn't wish to refuse her.
6:27  Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
6:28  and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the young lady; and the young lady gave it to her mother.
6:29  When his disciples heard this, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
3:19  but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,
3:20  added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
 Herod's superstition

14:1  At that time, Herod the tetrarch heard the report concerning Jesus,
14:2  and said to his servants, "This is John the Baptizer. He is risen from the dead. That is why these powers work in him."
6:14  King Herod heard this, for his name had become known, and he said, "John the Baptizer has risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him."
6:15  But others said, "It is Elijah." Others said, "It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets."
6:16  But Herod, when he heard this, said, "This is John, whom I beheaded. He has risen from the dead."
9:7  Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
9:8  and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.
9:9  Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.
 The disciples return and meet Jesus: at Bethsaida

  6:30  The apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and they told him all things, whatever they had done, and whatever they had taught.
9:10  The apostles, when they had returned, told him what things they had done. He took them, and withdrew apart to a deserted place of a city called Bethsaida.
 The First Miracle of the Loaves

14:13  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat, to a deserted place apart. When the multitudes heard it, they followed him on foot from the cities.
14:14  Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
14:15  When evening had come, his disciples came to him, saying, "This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves food."
14:16  But Jesus said to them, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat."
14:17  They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish."
14:18  He said, "Bring them here to me."
14:19  He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
14:20  They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces.
14:21  Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
6:31  He said to them, "You come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile." For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
6:32  They went away in the boat to a desert place by themselves.
6:33  They saw them going, and many recognized him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him.
6:34  Jesus came out, saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
6:35  When it was late in the day, his disciples came to him, and said, "This place is deserted, and it is late in the day.
6:36  Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages, and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat."
6:37  But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They asked him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give them something to eat?"
6:38  He said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go see." When they knew, they said, "Five, and two fish."
6:39  He commanded them that everyone should sit down in groups on the green grass.
6:40  They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
6:41  He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke the loaves, and he gave to his disciples to set before them, and he divided the two fish among them all.
6:42  They all ate, and were filled.
6:43  They took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and also of the fish.
6:44  Those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
9:11  But the multitudes, perceiving it, followed him. He welcomed them, and spoke to them of the Kingdom of God, and he cured those who needed healing.
9:12  The day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said to him, "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and farms, and lodge, and get food, for we are here in a deserted place."
9:13  But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we should go and buy food for all these people."
9:14  For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each."
9:15  They did so, and made them all sit down.
9:16  He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he blessed them, and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
9:17  They ate, and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.
6:1  After these things, Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias.
6:2  A great multitude followed him, because they saw his signs which he did on those who were sick.
6:3  Jesus went up into the mountain, and he sat there with his disciples.
6:4  Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
6:5  Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?"
6:6  This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
6:7  Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little."
6:8  One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,
6:9  "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?"
6:10  Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in that place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
6:11  Jesus took the loaves; and having given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to those who were sitting down; likewise also of the fish as much as they desired.
6:12  When they were filled, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the broken pieces which are left over, that nothing be lost."
6:13  So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.
 Jesus avoids the crowds. Walking upon the waters

14:22  Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
14:23  After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.
14:24  But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
14:25  In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.
14:26  When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It's a ghost!" and they cried out for fear.
14:27  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying "Cheer up! I AM! Don't be afraid."
14:28  Peter answered him and said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters."
14:29  He said, "Come!" Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
14:30  But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
14:31  Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
14:32  When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33  Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, "You are truly the Son of God!"
6:45  Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the multitude away.
6:46  After he had taken leave of them, he went up the mountain to pray.
6:47  When evening had come, the boat was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land.
6:48  Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and he would have passed by them,
6:49  but they, when they saw him walking on the sea, supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out;
6:50  for they all saw him, and were troubled. But he immediately spoke with them, and said to them, "Cheer up! It is I! Don't be afraid."
6:51  He got into the boat with them; and the wind ceased, and they were very amazed among themselves, and marveled;
6:52  for they hadn't understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
  6:14  When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, "This is truly the prophet who comes into the world."
6:15  Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force, to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
6:16  When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
6:17  and they entered into the boat, and were going over the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
6:18  The sea was tossed by a great wind blowing.
6:19  When therefore they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty stadia, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing near to the boat; and they were afraid.
6:20  But he said to them, "I AM. Don't be afraid."
6:21  They were willing therefore to receive him into the boat. Immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
 Healings in Genesareth

14:34  When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
14:35  When the men of that place recognized him, they sent into all that surrounding region, and brought to him all who were sick,
14:36  and they begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment. As many as touched it were made whole.
6:53  When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.
6:54  When they had come out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him,
6:55  and ran around that whole region, and began to bring those who were sick, on their mats, to where they heard he was.
6:56  Wherever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch just the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched him were made well.
 The supernatural food
 a. To look after the eternal food

      6:22  On the next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except the one in which his disciples had embarked, and that Jesus hadn't entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had gone away alone.
6:23  However boats from Tiberias came near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
6:24  When the multitude therefore saw that Jesus wasn't there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats, and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
6:25  When they found him on the other side of the sea, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"
6:26  Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly I tell you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.
6:27  Don't work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him."
 b. Jesus, the bread of life

      6:28  They said therefore to him, "What must we do, that we may work the works of God?"
6:29  Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
6:30  They said therefore to him, "What then do you do for a sign, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you do?
6:31  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'"
6:32  Jesus therefore said to them, "Most assuredly, I tell you, it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven.
6:33  For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."
6:34  They said therefore to him, "Lord, always give us this bread."
6:35  Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
6:36  But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don't believe.
6:37  All those who the Father gives me will come to me. Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out.
6:38  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
6:39  This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.
6:40  This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
6:41  The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven."
6:42  They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, 'I have come down out of heaven?'"
6:43  Therefore Jesus answered them, "Don't murmur among yourselves.
6:44  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
6:45  It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me.
6:46  Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.
6:47  Most assuredly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life.
 c. "My flesh is true food and my blood true drink"

      6:48  I am the bread of life.
6:49  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
6:50  This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
6:51  I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
6:52  The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
6:53  Jesus therefore said to them, "Most assuredly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves.
6:54  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
6:55  For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
6:56  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.
6:57  As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me.
6:58  This is the bread which came down out of heaven-- not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever."
6:59  These things he said in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
 d. Scandal of pharisees and disciples "This teaching is hard..."

      6:60  Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?"
6:61  But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble?
6:62  Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
6:63  It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.
6:64  But there are some of you who don't believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn't believe, and who it was who would betray him.
6:65  He said, "For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father."
6:66  At this, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
6:67  Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You don't also want to go away, do you?"
6:68  Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.
6:69  We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
6:70  Jesus answered them, "Didn't I choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?"
6:71  Now he spoke of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, for it was he who would betray him, being one of the twelve.
 Third Passover: Jesus stays at Galilee

      7:1  After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
 Jesus reprehends the pharisees
 a. To the pharisees

15:1  Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,
15:2  "Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread."
15:3  He answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
15:4  For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'
15:5  But you say, 'Whoever may tell his father or his mother, "Whatever help you might otherwise have gotten from me is a gift devoted to God,"
15:6  he shall not honor his father or mother.' You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition.
15:7  You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
15:8  'These people draw near to me with their mouth, And honor me with their lips; But their heart is far from me.
15:9  And in vain do they worship me, Teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"
7:1  Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.
7:2  Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
7:3  (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
7:4  They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)
7:5  The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why don't your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?"
7:6  He answered them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, But their heart is far from me.
7:7  But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
7:8  "For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things."
7:9  He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
7:10  For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother;' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'
7:11  But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban, that is to say, given to God;"'
7:12  then you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or his mother,
7:13  making void the word of God by your tradition, which you have handed down. You do many things like this."
 b. To the people

15:10  He summoned the multitude, and said to them, "Hear, and understand.
15:11  That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
7:14  He called all the multitude to himself, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand.
7:15  There is nothing from outside of the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.
7:16  If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!"
 c. To the disciples: "Blind guides of the blind"

15:12  Then the disciples came, and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"
15:13  But he answered, "Every plant which my heavenly Father didn't plant will be uprooted.
15:14  Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."
 "It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man"

15:15  Peter answered him, "Explain the parable to us."
15:16  So Jesus said, "Do you also still not understand?
15:17  Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?
15:18  But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.
15:19  For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.
15:20  These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doesn't defile the man."
7:17  When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
7:18  He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Don't you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can't defile him,
7:19  because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus making all foods clean?"
7:20  He said, "That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.
7:21  For from within, out of the hearts of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders, thefts,
7:22  covetings, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
7:23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man."

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  Hernán J. González
Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 2001
Last revision: 08/09/2001