Mark 8

Four Thousand Fed

1 In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing * to eat, 1Jesus called His disciples and said to them,
2 "2I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing * to eat.
3 "If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance."
4 And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?"
5 And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven."
6 And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.
7 They also had a few small fish; and 3after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well.
8 And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large 4baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.
9 About four thousand were there; and He sent them away.
10 And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of 5Dalmanutha.
11 6The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, 7seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.
12 8Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, 9no sign will be given to this generation."
13 Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side.
14 And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them.
15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, "10Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of 11Herod."
16 They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? 12Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart?
19 when I broke 14the five loaves for the five thousand, how many 15baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?" They said to Him, "Twelve."
20 "When I broke 16the seven for the four thousand, how many large 17baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?" And they said to Him, "Seven."
21 And He was saying to them, "18Do you not yet understand?"
22 And they came to 19Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to 20touch him.
23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He 21brought him out of the village; and after 22spitting on his eyes and 23laying His hands on him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?"
24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around."
25 Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly.
26 And He sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter 24the village."

Peter's Confession of Christ

27 25Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of 26Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, "Who do people say that I am?"
28 27They told Him, saying, "John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets."
29 And He continued by questioning them, "But who do you say that I am?" 28Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
30 And 29He warned them to tell no one about Him.
31 30And He began to teach them that 31the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And He was stating the matter 32plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind Me, 33Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."
34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and 34take up his cross and follow Me.
35 "For 35whoever * wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever * loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.
36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
37 "For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 "For 36whoever * is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, 37the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He 38comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

Mark 8 Commentary

Chapter 8

Four thousand fed by a miracle. (1-10) Christ cautions against the Pharisees and Herodians. (11-21) A blind man healed. (22-26) Peter's testimony to Christ. (27-33) Christ must be followed. (34-38)

Verses 1-10 Our Lord Jesus encouraged the meanest to come to him for life and grace. Christ knows and considers our frames. The bounty of Christ is always ready; to show that, he repeated this miracle. His favours are renewed, as our wants and necessities are. And those need not fear want, who have Christ to live upon by faith, and do so with thanksgiving.

Verses 11-21 Obstinate unbelief will have something to say, though ever so unreasonable. Christ refused to answer their demand. If they will not be convinced, they shall not. Alas! what cause we have to lament for those around us, who destroy themselves and others by their perverse and obstinate unbelief, and enmity to the gospel! When we forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves his disciples. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning, disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence?

Verses 22-26 Here is a blind man brought to Christ by his friends. Therein appeared the faith of those that brought him. If those who are spiritually blind, do not pray for themselves, yet their friends and relations should pray for them, that Christ would be pleased to touch them. The cure was wrought gradually, which was not usual in our Lord's miracles. Christ showed in what method those commonly are healed by his grace, who by nature are spiritually blind. At first, their knowledge is confused; but, like the light of the morning, it shines more and more to the perfect day, and then they see all things clearly. Slighting Christ's favours is forfeiting them; and he will make those who do so know the worth of privileges by the want of them.

Verses 27-33 These things are written, that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. These miracles of our Lord assure us that he was not conquered, but a Conqueror. Now the disciples are convinced that Jesus is the Christ; they may bear to hear of his sufferings, of which Christ here begins to give them notice. He sees that amiss in what we say and do, of which we ourselves are not aware, and knows what manner of spirit we are of, when we ourselves do not. The wisdom of man is folly, when it pretends to limit the Divine counsels. Peter did not rightly understand the nature of Christ's kingdom.

Verses 34-38 Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there was to Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to know this, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must not indulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven with Christ, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself for him, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up for the ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think it mean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and view every earthly object as we shall do at that great day.

Cross References 38

  • 1. Mark 8:1-9: {Matthew 15:32-39;} Mark 6:34-44
  • 2. Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34
  • 3. Matthew 14:19
  • 4. Matthew 15:37; Mark 8:20
  • 5. Matthew 15:39
  • 6. Mark 8:11-21: {Matthew 16:1-12}
  • 7. Matthew 12:38
  • 8. Mark 7:34
  • 9. Matthew 12:39
  • 10. Matthew 16:6; Luke 12:1
  • 11. Matthew 14:1; Matthew 22:16
  • 12. Mark 6:52
  • 13. Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2; Mark 4:12
  • 14. Mark 6:41-44
  • 15. Matthew 14:20
  • 16. Mark 8:6-9
  • 17. Mark 8:8
  • 18. Mark 6:52
  • 19. Matthew 11:21; Mark 6:45
  • 20. Mark 3:10
  • 21. Mark 7:33
  • 22. Mark 7:33
  • 23. Mark 5:23
  • 24. Mark 8:23
  • 25. Mark 8:27-29: {Matthew 16:13-16; Luke 9:18-20}
  • 26. Matthew 16:13
  • 27. Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7, 8
  • 28. John 6:68, 69
  • 29. Matthew 8:4; Matthew 16:20; Luke 9:21
  • 30. Mark 8:31-9:1: {Matthew 16:21-28; Luke 9:22-27}
  • 31. Matthew 16:21
  • 32. John 10:24; John 11:14; John 16:25, 29; John 18:20
  • 33. Matthew 4:10
  • 34. Matthew 10:38; Luke 14:27
  • 35. Matthew 10:39; Luke 17:33; John 12:25
  • 36. Matthew 10:33; Luke 9:26; Hebrews 11:16
  • 37. Matthew 8:20
  • 38. Matthew 16:27; Mark 13:26; Luke 9:26

Footnotes 21

Mark 8 Commentaries