The Christian’s Journey
August 1, 2021
The Christian’s Journey
Following the Servant
The Christian life isn’t an arrival, it’s an .
This section continues the emphasis on action. The stories about the feeding the 4,000 and the earlier feeding of the 5,000 are similar. All four Gospels give an account of the feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:35-44, Mathew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-15). However, only Mark (8:1-21) and Matthew (Matthew 15:32-39; 16:9, 10) record the feeding of the 4,000 as a separate miracle. Unlike the unbelieving Pharisees who were moving in the wrong direction, Mark wants us to see how Jesus longed for His disciples to grow in spiritual understanding, and to nurture and maintain it.
- The Second Feeding (vv. 1-13)
Mark 6:32-44 Mark 8:1-9
5,000+ people, mostly Jews 4,000+ people, mostly Gentiles
With Jesus one day (6:35) With Jesus three days (8:2)
Took place in Galilee Took place in Decapolis
Sit on the green grass Sit on the ground (literally ‘earth)
Five loaves, two fish Seven loaves, a few fish
Twelve small baskets left over Seven large baskets left over
Jesus wants us to give priority to .
In Jesus’ hands, there is no such thing as !
“You give them something to eat!” Mark 6:37
Jesus says to each of us: “I give you the responsibility to with My help.”
The fact that Jesus delegates responsibility to us is .
1 Peter 3:8
Philippians 2:12, 13
- A Warning (vv. 14-21)
Jesus warns them about the subtle, but corrupting influence of the Pharisees and their political opposites, the Herodians. What the Pharisees and the Herodians had in common is that they both hated Jesus.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!”
2 Peter 3:18
Questions to make them think:
- “Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread?” (v. 17)
- “Don’t you understand or comprehend?” (v. 17)
- “Is your heart hardened?” (v. 17)
- “Do you have eyes, and not see?” (v. 18)
- “Do you have ears, and not hear?” (v. 18)
- “Do you not remember?” (v. 18)
- “When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces of bread did you collect?” (v. 19)
- “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many large basketfuls of pieces of bread did you collect?” (v. 20)
- “Don’t you understand yet?” (v. 21)
If Jesus can feed over 9,000 people, surely He can .
The disciples were not stupid! They struggled to overcome
some of the same challenges we have today, like . . .
The goal is to replace the wrong narratives in our head with .
We can’t forget that the mission and the vision of Christ .
Memory verse: “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.” Mark 8:2
Read Mark 8:1-21. Which subjects did you enjoy in school? Which subjects required a lot of instruction and assistance before you “got it”?
How would you respond to someone who claimed the feeding of the five thousand (6:35–44) and the feeding of the four thousand (8:1–9) are really the same event reported twice by Mark (and Matthew)?
Read Mark 8:1-21. What is the significance of this feeding taking place in Gentile territory?
How is Jesus’ compassion and concern for the physical needs of the Gentile crowd indicative of His concern for our spiritual state?
Read Mark 8:1-21. When we are faced with an impossible situation and we want to turn it over to God, how do we go about doing that?
Read Mark 8:1-21. How do these miraculous feeding episodes serve as a sign of the inbreaking of the kingdom of God?
What is the difference between testing God in faith and testing Him in unbelief?
Read Mark 8:1-21. Have you ever encountered someone who wouldn’t accept your explanation of Christianity even if you used sound logic?
What would it take to get through to such a person?
Read Mark 8:1-21. As we face new challenges, how can we increase the chances that we will remember God’s mighty works from the past and His words of encouragement?