When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came to argue with him. Testing him to see if he was from God, they demanded, "Give us a miraculous sign from heaven to prove yourself."
When he heard this, he sighed deeply and said, "Why do you people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I assure you, I will not give this generation any such sign." 13
So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake.
But the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any food, so there was only one loaf of bread with them in the boat.
As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."16
They decided he was saying this because they hadn't brought any bread.
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, "Why are you so worried about having no food? Won't you ever learn or understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18'You have eyes -- can't you see? You have ears -- can't you hear?' a Don't you remember anything at all? 19What about the five thousand men I fed with five loaves of bread? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?" "Twelve," they said.
20"And when I fed the four thousand with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?" "Seven," they said.
21"Don't you understand even yet?" he asked them.
When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch and heal the man.
Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man's eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, "Can you see anything now?"24
The man looked around. "Yes," he said, "I see people, but I can't see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around."
Then Jesus placed his hands over the man's eyes again. As the man stared intently, his sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.
Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't go back into the village on your way home."27
Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"28
"Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets."
Then Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Messiah."
But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)