Mark Chapter 8
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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.
33But 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.
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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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
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)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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Comments for Mark Chapter 8...
Todd's Mark Chapter 8 comment about verse 36 on 4/03/2013, 6:45pm...
No Earthly gain is worth the value of your Immortal Soul. Love one another and search for the Truth in All Things. Thanks be to God!
Jay's Mark Chapter 8 comment on 12/17/2012, 12:02pm...
Comment on verse 24; I do not believe I really have a clear understanding of this verse but some of my thoughts.
1. Jesus and his disciples just completed the feeding of the 4000;
2. Jesus made remarks about the disciples unbelief in reference to their inability to spiritually discern with their eyes and ears;
3. They came into Bethsaida (means house of fishing) and when they brought the blind man to Jesus, he may have taken this opportunity for an object lesson;
4. Taking 2 attempts to perform a miracle is not needed for Jesus of course;
5. I can't help, but think of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. Verse 12 for now we see though a glass darkly; but we shall see face to face; now I know in part; but then shall i know even as I am known;
6. When the blind man looked up he saw Jesus face to face all things became clear (Acts 4:13);
7. When a person begins believing Godís holy word and looking to the author for the answers; instead of believing what they want to about God's holy scriptures (reduce God's word to fit their lifestyle). They start the journey from being a child in Christ to putting away childish things;
8. It is the fundamental transformation from being worldly and earthly minded to being spiritually and heavenly minded.
Dorothy's Mark Chapter 8 comment on 2/16/2012, 7:49am...
I BELIEVE PEOPLE QUESTION THE WORD OF GOD TO MUCH AND SHOULD BELIEVE WHAT IT SAYS. I BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD MEANS JUST WHAT IT SAYS.
Hokulani's Mark Chapter 8 comment on 12/12/2011, 1:38pm...
Over all my opinion on the olelo is the Lord just got thru with some awesome blessings and his followers still did not understand him. They still had there doutbts. In todays life of living we then to do the same. We ask the lord to help us but we still lean on our own understanding by doubting. Mahalo.
Lloyd D. Myers's Mark Chapter 8 comment about verse 24 on 6/20/2011, 1:08am...
Men walking as trees, Who saw this a blind man? how would he know how a tree look like? I myself think that Jesus showed him the beginning,man in the garden of Eden as trees or the spirit form of man in
God's image and likeness. the third eye before our mind was close to dreams. the true dimension before we took of the forbidden tree.
Jadean jacobsen's Mark Chapter 8 comment about verse 2 on 6/04/2011, 11:56pm...
I like that it is the King James correct version is this one, as well as the comparison for the other versions being available.
Sandra's Mark Chapter 8 comment on 4/04/2011, 2:01am...
Joseph, I had the same question, so I researched the question- why did Jesus need two attempts to restore the blind man's eyes? I believe Jesus was acting out a parable about discipleship. He had just scolded his disciples for worrying about bread, even after Jesus had performed two great miracles in multiplying bread, and yet they still doubted. It is the nature of our flesh to doubt and it causes us to have clouded vision so that we do not see the truth when it is standing before us: Jesus is the Bread of Life. Bread was no problem for Jesus! Yet, thank the Lord he gave them another chance:34 "...Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." He wants us to learn from our mistakes and keep following Him, and He can do a mighty work in us, if we don't quit on Him, like He didn't quit on the blind man.
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