Some Pharisees came to Jesus and started to argue with him. They wanted to trap him, so they asked him to perform a miracle to show that God approved of him. 1
References for Mark 8:11
8.11 Mt 12.38; Lk 11.16.
But Jesus gave a deep groan and said, "Why do the people of this day ask for a miracle? No, I tell you! No such proof will be given to these people!" 2
References for Mark 8:12
8.12 Mt 12.39; Lk 11.29.
He left them, got back into the boat, and started across to the other side of the lake.
The disciples had forgotten to bring enough bread and had only one loaf with them in the boat.
"Take care," Jesus warned them, "and be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." 3
They started discussing among themselves: "He says this because we don't have any bread."
Jesus knew what they were saying, so he asked them, "Why are you discussing about not having any bread? Don't you know or understand yet? Are your minds so dull?
You have eyes - can't you see? You have ears - can't you hear? Don't you remember 4
References for Mark 8:18
8.18 Jr 5.21; Ez 12.2; Mk 4.12.
when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand people? How many baskets full of leftover pieces did you take up?" "Twelve," they answered.
"And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand people," asked Jesus, "how many baskets full of leftover pieces did you take up?" "Seven," they answered.
"And you still don't understand?" he asked them.
They came to Bethsaida, where some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch him.
Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. After spitting on the man's eyes, Jesus placed his hands on him and asked him, "Can you see anything?"
The man looked up and said, "Yes, I can see people, but they look like trees walking around."
Jesus again placed his hands on the man's eyes. This time the man looked intently, his eyesight returned, and he saw everything clearly.
Jesus then sent him home with the order, "Don't go back into the village."
Then Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Tell me, who do people say I am?"
"Some say that you are John the Baptist," they answered; "others say that you are Elijah, while others say that you are one of the prophets." 5
References for Mark 8:28
8.28 Mk 6.14, 15; Lk 9.7, 8.
"What about you?" he asked them. "Who do you say I am?" 6 Peter answered, "You are the Messiah."
References for Mark 8:29
8.29 Jn 6.68, 69.
Then Jesus ordered them, "Do not tell anyone about me."