Published on March 10, 2014
Mark 8 Jesus feeds 4000 disciples Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” Jesus warns about yeast Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again Self Esteem, Come to Me, Argue With God, no sign will be given, Loaves and Fishes Or Con, most holy precious thing, Third Day, Dalmanutha, this generation (genea), begged (parakaleo), a rewarder of those who seek after God, Count The Cost Rainbow floodlights illuminate the thundering Niagra Falls, New York, November 1956.PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH PAXTON BLAIR III, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
BIBLE IN FIVE Pastor Dave Kooyers Valley Bible Fellowship Box 433 Boonville CA 95415 http://www.slideshare.net/dkooyers www.ValleyBibleFellowship.org (707) 895-2325 God bless you as you examine His Word, Your servant in Christ, 2Cor. 4:5, Dave
Please open your Bibles to Mark 8 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Let’s Read Mark 8:1-10 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Mark 8:2, The Third Day? • Mark 8:2 "I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.
Double Blessing On The Third Day? • 1 Cor 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," • "Matthew 12:40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY…" • Bible IN Five= Road to Emmaus Bible Study • "Luke 24:13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem…. "21 "But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened." • Gen 1:10+12 the third day gets a double blessing
Double Blessing On The Third Day? • "Genesis 22:4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.“ • "Hebrews 11:17 "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED.“ 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type." • “a type”= a Father who sacrificed His only begotten Son, who was received back from the dead on the third day
The Third Day, The Day Of Double Blessing • John 2:1 “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee…” Jesus 1st miracle • Luke 24:46 and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, • Acts 10:40 "God raised Him up on the third day… • Genesis 12:3 …in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.“ • "Acts 27:19 and on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands." • No hope, good as dead, then... "Acts 27:24 saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.'"
Mark 8:4, No KFC • Mark 8:4 And His disciples answered Him, "Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?“ • And no complaining about the cost this time
Mark 8:6, Double Blessing • Mark 8:6 …and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks [eucharisteo] and broke them… • Mark 8:7 They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed [eulogeo] them… • I’m surprised that our tradition doesn’t include a blessing on every course of a meal. • <2168> εὐχαριςτέω eucharisteo • Meaning: to be thankful • <2127> εὐλογέω eulogeo • Meaning: to speak well of, praise
Genesis 1:9-10, Double Blessing • Gen 1:10…God saw that it was good. • Gen 1:12-13 ….And God saw that it was good. 13 the third day. • Which day is the first day? • Double blessing on the third day, Tuesday. • No blessing on the second day, Monday. Amen! • So all good Jewish girls try to hold their weddings on Tuesday, the third day, the “Day of Double Blessing” and it was no different in Jesus time. • Why do you suppose the Holy Spirit arranged the text to have a Day Of Double Blessing?
Mark 8:7, Double Blessing • YLT ESV CSB NKJ KJV NAS NAU ...blessed... • NET ...giving thanks... • NIV ... gave thanks ... • Both are legitimate translations, but remember there are different words, describing different aspects of our prayer before meals; • “to be thankful” • “to speak well of, praise” • So, whether you say “Let’s give thanks,” or “Let’s give the blessing”, either way you’re acting like Jesus.
Mark 8:9, About Four Thousand • Mark 8:9 About four thousand [masculine plural] were there; and He sent them [masculine plural] away. • John MacArthur Study Bible says, “The number of the men only, not including the women and children (Matthew 15:38). This could indicate at least 16,000 people.”
Mark 8:9 About Four Thousand • Mark 8:9 About four thousand were there; and He sent them away. • Matthew 15:38 And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. • All 4 gospels record the feeding of the 5000, but only these two record the 4000.
The traditional site of Dalmanutha
Mark 8:10, Dalmanutha • Mark 8:10 And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of Dalmanutha. • “…Dalmanutha is the unknown destination of Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Gallilee after he fed the four thousand, as recorded in Mark's gospel, (Mark 8:10). It is sometimes believed to be in the vicinity of Magdala, the alleged home town of Mary Magdalene, since the parallel passage in Matthew's gospel, Matthew 15:39, refers instead to "Magadan", which has been taken to be a variant form of "Magdala". Ken Dark has reported finding a possible location of Dalmanutha. That there was ever a town called Dalmanutha is disputed…” • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalmanutha
Mark 8:10, Dalmanutha/ Magdala • “… The New Testament makes one disputable mention of a place called Magdala. Matthew 15:39 of the King James' Version (KJV) reads, "And he [Jesus] sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala". However, the most reliable Greek manuscripts give the name of the place as "Magadan", and more modern scholarly translations (such as the Revised Version) follow this. Although some commentators state confidently that the two refer to the same place, others dismiss the substitution of Magdala for Magadan as simply "to substitute a known for an unknown place". The parallel passage in Mark's gospel[8:10] gives (in the majority of manuscripts) a quite different place name, Dalmanutha, although a handful of manuscripts give either Magdala or Magadan presumably by assimilation to the Matthean text—believed in ancient times to be older than that of Mark, though this opinion has now been reversed ….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdala
What’s The Problem, I Found It
Let’s Read Mark 8:11-13 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Mark 8:11, Argue With God? • Mark 8:11 The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him. • Job 13:3 "But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God. • Does it really make sense to argue with God?
Mark 8:11 …to argue with Him…
Mark 8:13, Leaving Them? • Mark 8:13 Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side. • Leaving them, Leaving who? • Mark 8:12 Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.“ • He is leaving the Jewish leaders again.
Mark 8:12, This Generation • Mark 8:12 Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation [genea] seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation [genea] ." • Matthew 12:39 …"An evil and adulterous generation [genea] craves for a sign… (1 Corinthians 1:22…Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom) • Matthew 24:34 "Truly I say to you, this generation [genea] will not pass away until all these things take place. • <1074> γενεά (genea) • Meaning: race, family, generation • Jesus is just about to multiply loaves and fish for the people who lived in that “generation [genea] ,” He lived at that time, the Apostles all lived at that time. Clearly Jesus uses genea to mean the “race, family” of Israel.
Mark 8:12, This Generation • If you want more info on “this generation” see my PowerPoint on Slideshare at; • http://www.slideshare.net/dkooyers/matthew -23b-2431-this-generation-generic-you-olivet- discourse-end-of-judaism-not-one-stone- western-wall-gospel-abomination-of- desolation-genea-fathers-iniquity-ss
Mark 8:12, No Sign Will Be Given • Mark 8:12 Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said,…no sign will be given… • Matthew 12:39 …no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; • People who come to Jesus for the “signs” are coming for the wrong reason. • John 6:66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.
Mark 8:13, Over To Bethsaida • Mark 8:13 …He again embarked and went away to the other side. • Over to the NE shore, where Bethsaida was located; Mark 8:22 And they came to Bethsaida…
Plain of Bethsaida
Let’s Read Mark 8:14-21 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Loaves and Fishes Or Con? • catholic.com/magazine says, “One Sunday I visited a parish in another city and learned something new. The multiplication of loaves didn’t really happen. The greedy people following Jesus in the wilderness had loaves and fishes stuffed up under their robes. The disciples didn’t know about this surplus of hidden food, but this parish priest did! Although the priest said he was taught in seminary that Jesus kept pulling bread and fish out of the basket, he learned the real truth from the natives in Mexico…. the Catholic Church upholds without any deviation whatsoever that our Lord actually did multiply loaves and fishes…” • http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/loaves-and- fishes
Loaves and Fishes Or Con? • Many other preachers, teachers and priests, try to say there was only one account and the differences are just errors in the different gospel writers accounts. • So, what is true?
Loaves And Fishes Con Or Marketing Ploy?
Jesus Confirms 2X’s Mark 8:19-21
Mark 8:19-21 • "When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?" They (the disciples) said to Him, "Twelve." "Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?" And they said, "Seven." So He said to them, "How is it you do not understand?" (Mark 8:19-21) What didn't the disciples understand?
Let’s Read Mark 8:22-26 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Mark 8:22, He Begged Him • Mark 8:22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. • NKJ ESV …begged him to touch him. • <3870> παρακαλέω parakaleo … • Usage: appeal(4), appealed(1), appealing(2), beg(1), begging(2), beseeching(1) • Acts 15:17 SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD… • Acts 17:27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him… • Hebrews 11:6…He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Mark 8:23, Healing The Blind Man • Mark 8:23 And taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes, and laying His hands upon him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I am seeing them like trees, walking about." 25 Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly.
Mark 8:23, Healing The Blind Man • Many unique aspects of this; • took him by the hand out of the village • spitting on his eyes • laying His hands upon him • He asked him, "Do you see anything? • seeing them like trees, walking about • again He laid His hands upon his eyes • he looked intently, was restored, and began to see everything clearly.
Mark 8:23, Healing The Blind Man • Some have tried to explain this 2 part healing as “even Jesus doesn’t always get it right the first time. He’s like us.” (heresy or just irreverent?) • I prefer to think of this “seeing them like trees, walking about” as the repair of the hardware of the eyes. Sight restored! • Then, the he “began to see everything clearly” as the downloading of the software. His brain was then programmed to correctly interpret the digital information his eyes saw. Our eyes are digital just like our computers, and our brain takes the pixels and identifies it as the image. • This reminds me of our justification (when we’re given eyes to see), and our sanctification (when we begin to see Scripture more clearly). We had a 2 part healing also.
Let’s Read Mark 8:27-30 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Mark 8:29, • Mark 8:29 And He continued by questioning them, "But who do you say that I am?“… • Impersonal who do people say that I am?" • Personal, “who do you say that I am?” • I encourage all of us to go forth and ask everyone you meet, Bill Faye’s question, “To you, who is Jesus.” Then listen to them to discern if He is the Jesus of the Bible, the cults, false religions, or have they created a god in their own image (a good teacher, prophet, example for us, etc.).
Mark 8:29, Peter Gets It Right • Mark 8:29 …Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ.“ • John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.“ • John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."
Let’s Read Mark 8:31-38 • Jesus feeds 4000 disciples • Jesus turns His back on the “sign seekers” • Jesus warns about yeast • Jesus heals a blind man (twice?) • Jesus asks “Who do you say I AM? • Jesus predicts the cross and resurrection • Jesus rebukes “the first pope” again
Mark 8:32, Peter rebuked Him • Mark 8:32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. • You are the Christ, you’re just wrong! • No LORD! Is an oxymoron. • Peter should have known what Scripture said about “the Christ, the Son of God” in Ps 22, Isaiah 53 • Luke 24:26 "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"
Mark 8:34, Count The Cost, Then Follow Me • Mark 8:34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. • Peter is thinking in the flesh, and gets rebuked • Matthew 16:24 …If anyone wishes to come after Me… • Mark 10:21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
Our Self Esteem Culture Or Christ But Not Both • Mark 8:34 …he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Mark 8:36, Good Memory Verse • Mark 8:36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
Mark 8:36, Life =Heaven Or Hell • Blaise Pascal said, “Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.” • Psalm 49:7 No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him— • Job 27:8 "For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life? • 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Mark 8:36, What Is Most Holy/Precious Thing You Have? • Mark 8:36 "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? • Matthew 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine… • The most precious gift we can give is the gospel of Jesus Christ! • Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation… • 1 Timothy 1:11…the glorious gospel of the blessed God
THE END • Aerial view of Balandra Beach in Baja California, Mexico, October 1972. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL E. LONG, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
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