My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Mark 8

Which Christ?

Jesus fed four thousand people with seven pieces of bread. The Pharisees asked for a sign in the sky, but Jesus didn't do it because they lacked faith.

One time, the disciples didn't bring bread, and Jesus was warning them against the 'yeast', or teaching, or the Pharisees. They thought Jesus was angry because they forgot bread, but they forgot that Jesus can multiply food.

Jesus healed a blind man.

Peter told Jesus that he thought he was the Christ.

Jesus began to explain that he had to die. Peter couldn't accept it, but he didn't have God's heart. You have to lose your life to inherit God's Kingdom.

Key verse:
33. he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

My thoughts:
For the Pharisees, a sign in heaven would be the ultimate proof. Jesus did not give them the pleasure. Note the dialogue about the sign of Jonah is absent.

Ok, so in Mark there has been this silence about Jesus being the Christ (except for the first verse which may be added). Anything coming near to showing that has been silenced. But now we have a very significant confession of Jesus' Messianic properties, and this is followed by a bunch of passages showing how the disciples didn't understand what it meant to be Messiah. This is why Jesus had kept it a secret.

These passages of spiritual blindness are enclosed in two healing stories of blind people being healed.

Co-incidence? I think so. I am told it is not.


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