Thursday, February 16, 2006

Mark - Second miracle feeding

Second miracle feeding

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

In Mark six, Jesus fed the five thousand who were with him the first night. Now, after three days of continuing with Jesus, he feeds another large group. This following the opening of the deaf mans ears and loosening his tongue.

What other thing would happen after three days? The resurrection of Jesus from the grave and the message of the new covenant. At first, Jesus the bread of life spoke of repentance and the coming kingdom. After the third day and the resurrection from the grave, the message was to be, forgiveness of sins, and new life through His shed blood and resurrection. The old testament law requirements passed away and the new way by faith in Jesus and his shed blood was brought forth.

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

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.

He had compassion on the living who hungered, especially those who hungered for the word of life.

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

Can you believe that they did not know the answer? Especially after seeing the feeding of the five thousand? Perhaps, it was because Jesus often performed miracles in new ways? He would repeat this miracle the same way. We are to go to Jesus and ask him for our daily bread. He is our intercessor to the Father.

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.

They began with seven loaves and had enough left over to fill seven baskets. Seven represents Jesus Christ and rest. He is the fulfilment of God's requirement for eternal life and he is our rest. We no longer must work to gain God's favor, we trust in Jesus through faith.

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

Eaglewings New Testament Studies


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