They also had a few small fish. Jesus gave thanks for these and told the disciples to distribute them too.
Everybody ate and had enough - there were about four thousand people. Then the disciples took up seven baskets full of pieces left over. Jesus sent the people away
and at once got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
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.