Parallel Texts: Matthew 9:35-38; 10:1. 5-12; 11:1; Luke 9:1-6
It is very interesting that Mark puts this immediately after the previous section. Remember that we have just looked at what happened when Jesus brought the Kingdom message to His home town of Nazareth for the first time; they rejected Him. Now, He leaves Nazareth and sends out the twelve for the third circuit of Galilee in what almost seems like a dry run of what would happen later, after Pentecost.
Jesus was rejected in his home town, and uttered the famous line: “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (v. 4)
All through His early Galilean ministry, Jesus has preached the Kingdom, healed the sick and lame; He has driven out demons, forgiven sins and even raised a girl from the dead. During this time, He was showing what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about: Restoring people to God by the forgiveness of sins, making us whole again, chasing away the influence of evil and bringing eternal life and relationship with God. After being rejected in Nazareth, a new picture emerges of what was to come.
Jesus preached to His own and they rejected His message, then He sent His disciples out to the farthest parts of the region to proclaim the message there, and they would be better received. After Pentecost, the Apostles would first preach in Jerusalem, then in Judea, but even though some came to faith, their own would by and large reject the message, and then it would be sent to far corners of the globe, where it would be better received.
After this time, there will be more contact with the authorities, more and more they will oppose Him, and the drama will increase as the time begins to grow shorter. But first, there will be news from Judea.