Reflections on Mark 8 – It’s about so much more than bread. Jesus performs a similar miracle to the one in Mark 6, by feeding 4,000 men, plus women and children, with just seven loaves of bread and a few fish.
After this they get back in the boat, but the disciples forgot to bring bread and start discussing it, :16. Jesus is trying to teach them about the leaven of the Pharisees, and they are hung up on bread. They missed the fact that a little with Jesus is more than enough. And they missed the lesson about being cautious with the Pharisees. Beloved, what about you? Does your faith cover the little, practical things in life? Are you paying attention to any signs of leaven at your church?
Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say I am?” And there were a few theories floating around like John the baptist, Elijah, or a prophet. Then Jesus asks the all important question: “But who do you say I am? ”
Beloved, that is the question. Who do you say Jesus is?
Next, read Mark 9.