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Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark 8: 1 – 10

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Mark 8: 1 – 10

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In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” 4 Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” 6 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. 7 They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. 8 So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. 9 Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away, 10 immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

Before we take a look at these other version, I just want to mention to those of you who are just beginning to seek knowledge and understanding from God’s Holy word and that you avoid confusion, is that our Lord did the same thing again and was recorded by His disciples. In the second case He fed 5000. Now remember this also, in our Lord’s feeding of 4000, in reality He fed everyone who was there – men, women, and children. And, oh yea, don’t forget all our Lord’s followers. So, to best understand these two events, you could say that it was the feeding of the 10,000 and the feeding of the 8,000. You would not be off in your logic. Or you also could call this occasion, the feeding of the thousands. Okay?

If anyone just looked at the Scriptures the answer would be easy to determine because the feeding that was noted in the Gospels occurred twice. We will explain the differences.

As you are aware, I like to look at other Gospels that cover the same incident that we are studying. Usually, Matthew, Mark, and Luke cover the events while John focuses more on our Lord Jesus Christ’s deity. In this situation, however, only Matthew and Mark address our Lord’s feeding of the four thousand.

“32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” 33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” 34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” 35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.”


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