Reading Mark 5 – 6 today I noted the following verse of Mark chapter 6…
“And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34 (KJB)
We of Adam’s race do not often see what our Great Shepherd sees. Jesus had told the disciples; after their period of ministry; to spend some time in resting. He could have used some rest as well, but He sees the people, and with compassion He feeds them (Mark 6:35-44) through one of the most awesome miracles of the Bible – feeding five thousand (5,000) men; with five loaves of bread and two fish.
I do not want to deal with the miracle in this but to magnify the One who does miracles. He had compassion on the people. He has had, and does every day compassion toward me, and billions of others.
Let us hear what a teacher from our past has written of this compassion…
“The entertainment Christ gave them (Mar_6:34); When he saw much people, instead of being moved with displeasure, because they disturbed him when he desired to be private, as many a man, many a good man, would have been, he was moved with compassion toward them, and looked upon them with concern, because they were as sheep having no shepherd, they seemed to be well-inclined, and manageable as sheep, and willing to be taught, but they had no shepherd, none to lead and guide them in the right way, none to feed them with good doctrine: and therefore, in compassion to them, he not only healed their sick, as it is in Matthew, but he taught them many things, and we may be sure that they were all true and good, and fit for them to learn.” Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
May those of us who teach and preach the word of God also be compassionate toward those we teach; as Jesus was, and is.