Mark 8 Outline
– Jesus feeds 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread and a few fishes (Mark 8:1-13)
– Jesus warned his disciples about the yeasts of the Pharisees and Herod (Mark 8:14-21)
– Jesus healed a blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-25)
– Jesus asked his disciples about his identity (Mark 8:26-30)
– Jesus predicted about his death and resurrection on the third day (Mark 8:31-33)
– Carrying your cross and putting God in your priority (Mark 8:34-Mark 9:1)
Mark 8 Bible Study
In Mark 8:1-13, Jesus had compassion on the people because they had been with him for three days and did not eat anything. His disciples asked him how they are going to find enough bread to feed the people because they are in a remote area. Jesus asked them how many loaves of bread they have and they replied seven. They also have a few small fishes. Jesus gave thanks for the bread and fishes before giving them to the disciples. The disciples believed in God and the food did not ran out as they distribute them to the people. All things are possible in those who believe (Mark 9:23). Jesus said if you have faith as small as the mustard seed, you can tell the sycamine tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea and it will (Luke 17:6). No matter what circumstance you face, you must trust in God and let him help you. We must not depend on our strength to solve our problems. God said not by might nor by power but by his spirit (Zechariah 4:6). When you pray, you must have faith and ask reasonably according to the will of God (James 1:6; 1 John 5:14; James 4:3).
In Mark 8:14-21, Jesus warned the disciples to be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. When the disciples heard this, they discuss among themselves that they have no bread. When Jesus heard what they are discussing, he reminded them about how he fed 5,000 people and 4,000 people and the leftovers. The yeast that Jesus described refers to the teachings of the Pharisees and Herod. The Pharisees add a lot of laws to the traditional law of Moses. They add so many laws in addition to the law of Moses and make people to follow them but they don’t keep them. They are showy and always want to win the praises of people. We must not be hypocrites like the Pharisees. If you want to rebuke someone for his fault, you must make sure that you are not committing the same mistake. We must not be showy in our good deeds. We must do everything out of a good will to help others. When you do something for God secretly, you will be rewarded in heaven.
In Mark 8:22-26, Jesus healed a blind man that was being brought to him at Bethsaida. Jesus spat on the eyes of the man and put his hands on him. He asked the man if he can see and he answered that he sees people like trees walking around. Then, Jesus put his hands on the eyes of the man once again and he was able to see clearly. Jesus told the man not to go into the village because he did not want people to know about it. It wasn’t God’s timing yet for him to be handed over to the enemies and be crucified.
In Mark 8:27-30, Jesus asked his disciples who do the people think he is. His disciples answered that he is John, the Baptist, Elijah and one of the prophets. Then, Jesus asked his disciples who do they think he is and they answered that he is the Christ.
In Mark 8:31-38, Jesus predicted his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus was resurrected on the third day from the dead. When Peter heard this, he attempted to defend him. However, Jesus rebuked him because it is part of God’s plan for him to be crucified. If Jesus is not crucified, we will not receive the gift of salvation and eternal life. Jesus was crucified for our sins so that we can receive forgiveness and become blameless before God. Once you have believe in Jesus and repented from your sins, the blood of Jesus will wash away your sins. Christians must carry their crosses every day. To carry your cross means to surrender yourself completely to God and follow him wholeheartedly. This means you must be willing to sacrifice your time, energy and money for the kingdom of God. In whatever things, you must put God first in your life. In Mark 9:1, Jesus said some of the people with him will enter into the kingdom of God and not end up in Hell. Hell is a place where disobedient people go. It is where the souls of those who disobeyed God’s commandment end up. Hell is full of death and rotting bodies. Its worm won’t die and the fire will not be quenched (Mark 9:48).