Mark 8 - Outline of Mark (MENU page)
Mark is in five principal divisions:
I. The manifestation of the Servant-Son, 1:1-11.
II. The Servant-Son tested as to His fidelity, 1:12,13.
III. The Servant-Son at work, 1:14- 13:37.
IV. The Servant-Son "obedient unto death," 14:1- 15:47.
V. The ministry of the risen Servant-Son, now exalted to all authority, 16:1-20.
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The feeding of the four thousand.
(Mat 15:32-39)
1. In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat,
Jesus called his disciples [unto him], and saith unto them,
2 I have compassion on the multitude,
because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses,
they will faint by the way: for divers
{ie., some} of them came from far.
4 And his disciples answered him,
From whence can a man satisfy these [men] with bread here in the wilderness?
5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground:
and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks,
and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before [them];
and they did set [them] before the people.
7 And they had a few small fishes:
and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before [them].
8 So they did eat, and were filled:
and they took up of the broken [meat] that was left seven baskets.
9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
The Pharisees ask a sign: the meaning of leaven explained.
(Mat 16:1-12)
10. And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples,
and came into the parts of Dalmanutha
{also called Magdala, Mat 15:39}.
11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him,
seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
{cp. 1Cor 1:22}
12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit,
{cp. Mar 7:34}
and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign?
verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again
departed to the other side.
14 Now [the disciples] had forgotten to take bread,
neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed,
beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and [of] the leaven of Herod.
16 And they reasoned among themselves,
saying, [It is] because we have no bread.
17 And when Jesus knew [it], he saith unto them,
Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?
perceive ye not yet, neither understand?
have ye your heart yet hardened?
18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not?
and do ye not remember?
19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand,
how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?
They say unto him, Twelve.
20 And when the seven among four thousand,
how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?
And they said, Seven.
21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
The blind man healed outside Bethsaida.
(This incident appears to be unique to Mark.)
22. And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him,
and besought him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town;
and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him,
he asked him if he saw ought
{ie., anything}.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put [his] hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up:
and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
26 And he sent him away to his house, saying,
Neither go into the town, nor tell [it] to any in the town.
The Lord had previously pronounced judgment upon Bethsaida and other Galilean cities, because they had refused the light of His presence (Mat 4:12-16; 11:21-24). Although the region was now condemned, the Lord was still extending mercy to believing individuals. Therefore, He led this man out of the city (v.23), before healing him; and afterwards, He told the man not to bear witness to Him within the city (v.26).
Peter's confession that Jesus is the Christ
(and Peter's failure to perceive the purposes of God).
(Mat 16:13-23; Luk 9:18-22)
27. And Jesus went out, and his disciples,
into the towns of Caesarea Philippi:
and by the way he asked his disciples,
saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
28 And they answered, John the Baptist:
but some [say], Elias
{Elijah}; and others, One of the prophets.
29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
31 And he began to teach them,
that the Son of man must suffer many things,
and be rejected of the elders, and [of] the chief priests, and scribes,
and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he spake that saying openly.
And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples,
he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan:
for thou savourest not the things that be of God,
but the things that be of men.
Peter had received partial spiritual sight, but he could not yet see clearly (as illustrated in v.23-25).
The true use of life: the value of a soul.
(Mat 16:24-27; Luk 9:23-26)
34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also,
he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it;
but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's,
the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
{cp. Psa 49:6-9}
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words
in this adulterous and sinful generation;
of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

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