Judah had suffered much during the reign of evil rulers and they longed for a strong king who would rule with justice. But this is ultimately only possible in eternity, when Christ will reign as the Perfectly Just King of Kings.
In the immediate future, Judah would be destroyed and taken into captivity. But when the day comes when Christ reigns as King, sin will revealed as the ugliness it is. Now Satan often disguises himself as an angel of light, but when the blazing Light shines sin can no longer pretend to be anything other than what it is. We may think we have some secret sin hidden away, but when Jesus reigns in our hearts He will expose it because there is no place for sin in the light.
This passage is also a reminder that wealth and luxury bring complacency, and there is truly no room for complacency in the life of a Christian. There is always a spiritual battle going on, and when we become complacent, we risk allowing sin to gain a foothold in our lives.
In our Mark passage we find the feeding of the four thousand. The feeding of the 5000 was to a crowd of mostly Jews, while the feeding of the 4000 was to a crowd of mostly Gentiles. Jesus was showing that not only was He the Bread of Life for the Jew, but also for the Gentile.
Jesus asks the ultimate question in this passage "Who do you say that I am?" Everyone needs to decide what they're going to do with Jesus. It doesn't matter what your parents believe or your friends, it matters what your answer is to that question.
Our passage ends with a heavy hitter - do we ever act as though we're ashamed of Jesus? Do we remain silent when we should share the gospel or take an opportunity to glorify His name? Tough questions and thoughts to wrestle with today.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 34-36, Mark 9:1-29