1. Scripture context

How Does Mark 6:1–6 Fit into the Surrounding Context?

Mark 6:1–6 (ESV)

1 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.

Mark 6:1–6 is part of the section concerning Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and the surrounding areas (Mark 1:14–6:13). In particular, it narrates the final incident recounted in a sub-unit concerning Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35–6:6). In this unit, Mark shows us that Jesus is sovereign over the potent forces of nature (Mark 4:35–41), evil spirits (Mark 5:1–20), sickness (Mark 5:24–34), and death (Mark 5:21–24, Mark 5:35–43). The response that Jesus expects from people is faith rather than fear (Mark 4:40, Mark 5:15, Mark 5:34, Mark 5:36).

Unfortunately, despite the miraculous works that Jesus performs, many people still reject him. Thus, the conclusion of this unit (4:35—6:13) is very similar to the conclusion of the first unit (1:14—4:34). Jesus was rejected by the Pharisees and the Herodians (Mark 3:6); now he is rejected by the people he grew up with in his hometown (Mark 6:1–6).1