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Mark 8

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https://youtu.be/WfnuyGrSsm4 Mark 8



Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?


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.Special place in God

.No H.E.B.

.Don’t you get it yet!

.1st century historical writing

.Do you really remember?

.Song of Moses

.Sign of Jonah

.We don’t have a bread problem!

.Jesus frustrated?

.They remembered the leftovers- but that was all

.What was the seed of the church?

.Don’t lose your soul

.You only have one life to give


NEW- [past posts- verses below]


Once again the multitude have been drawn to the ministry of Jesus- and yes- the crowds were so big- they had a food problem- like before [chapter 6]-

Mark 8:1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,

Mark 8:2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:

But this time Jesus brings up the question himself-

Mark 8:3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

I think this must have been a test- I mean if you saw Jesus feeding the multitudes before- then your answer should be ‘Just do another miracle Jesus’.


But no- they respond-

Mark 8:4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

I think Jesus was ready to rebuke them right here- but he doesn’t, he simply resolves the problem-

Mark 8:5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

Mark 8:6 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.

Mark 8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

Mark 8:8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

Mark 8:9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

Then the Pharisees ask a sign from him-

Mark 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

He rebukes them-

Mark 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

Jesus and his men enter a ship-

Mark 8:13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.

And he warns them about the ‘bread' of the Pharisees and Herod-

Mark 8:14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.

Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

Ok- at this point- you would hope the last thing on the minds of the disciples was ‘we have a bread problem’.


I mean Jesus already showed them- there is no ‘bread’ problem when your on his ministry team.

But no- they figured it was because they took no bread-

Mark 8:16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

Now he gives the earned rebuke-

Mark 8:17 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?

Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

Mark 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.

Mark 8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

Mark 8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

You sense the frustration here- even though he uses the same rebuke [quoting Isaiah] when he confronts the pharisees on other occasions- yet here- it comes from frustration.

Jesus is preparing his men- for his own departure.

These are the core group who he will ‘pass the baton’ too- when he is gone.

And there still not ‘ready’ for the baton.

We also read of the great confession of Peter in this chapter-

Mark 8:27 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?

Mark 8:28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

And the famous rebuke of Jesus-

Mark 8:31 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.

Mark 8:32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

Mark 8:33 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.

One note as we end the chapter- After the rebuke- Jesus tells his men that if they want to follow him- they have to bear the Cross-

Mark 8:34 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.


They must not seek ‘self- preservation’ -

Mark 8:35 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.

The reason Peter got the strong rebuke- was because Jesus spoke of going to get crucified.

He also told him he would rise again- but they never grasped the last part- until he did rise-


16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. Jn.


44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

Lk. 9



So in essence- Peter was seeking self preservation for not only himself but for Jesus as well.


They did see themselves as part of a movement -some thought it would overthrow Rome in the end [it did do that- but not the way the disciples initially thought].


So Peter got into trouble- with the ‘bad confession' because he tried to dissuade Jesus from his true purpose.


Ok- Then Jesus says those who try and save their lives will lose it [self preservation mentality].

But those who lose their lives- save it.


Then another famous quote-

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?


Ok- most of us read this as saying ‘what good is it if you become a millionaire- and die and go to hell’.

True enough- not a good thing.


But when we read it like that- we are still reading if from the perspective of

‘self preservation’. [overblog- see the rest here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/04/30/mark-8/ ]


Because that reading says Í must make sure at all costs I don’t ‘lose my soul and go to hell’.


But remember Jesus was going to the Cross- to be forsaken of God on our behalf, in essence he was

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