While studying Mark 6 in Bible study the other night, we were looking at the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. In verse 39 he tells the people to sit down in the green grass. I was thinking to myself that it was really weird that Mark specified the “green” grass. Then Psalm 23 popped into my head. In verse 2 it says “He makes me lie down in green pastures”. That’s pretty cool. Then I began to think about the two passages even more…
In Mark 6:34 it says that Jesus had compassion on the crowd of people because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Psalm 23, starts out saying “The Lord is my shepherd” !!
The parallel between this passages is quite clear. I liked the symbolism that Mark uses in comparing the people to sheep without a shepherd. Jesus then displays his good shepherd qualities by telling them to rest and by feeding them the same way a shepherd would his flock.
Check it out for yourself : Psalm 23 and Mark 6:30-44