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1. p. 369f Jesus’ miracles and teachings were leading people to speculate on his identity. List three of their guesses.
2. Who did Herod say that he was?
3. John had the audacity on particular grounds to rebuke Herod. Explain. Why did John rebuke Herod? What was Herod’s initial response?
4. Explain the circumstances and the people involved that led Herod to order the beheading of John. Tell the story briefly but adequately.
5. What did Jesus do when he learned of John’s death?
6. What was probably the most important reason that multitudes followed Jesus at this point in his ministry? (p. 375)
7. Before the feeding of the 5000, Jesus engaged Philip and Andrew in dialogue about how to get the job done. Why? Why didn’t he do immediately what he did eventually? (Does McGarvey offer any helpful thoughts on this issue?)
8. Apparently more than five thousand people were fed with the loaves and fishes. Explain.
9. Mark 6:52 says, “for they understood not concerning the loaves, but their heart was hardened . . . .” Study the context (p. 381) and explain how we are to understand this statement.
10. How do we get from Mark 6:52 (“they understood not” . . . “their heart was hardened”) to Matthew 14:33, “And they that were in the boat worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” Explain!
11. John 6:53-56. Many people would really not understand what Jesus means by these words. Explain as clearly as you can, for someone who wants to know, the meaning that Jesus is trying to communicate. (Maybe 50 to 75 words)