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8 They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. 9 There were about 4,000
men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them
home after they had eaten. 10 Immediately after
this, he got into a boat with his disciples and
crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.
Pharisees Demand a Miraculous Sign
11 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had
arrived, they came and started to argue with
him. Testing him, they demanded that he show
them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove
his authority.
12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his
spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth,
I will not give this generation any such sign.”
13 So he got back into the boat and left them, and
he crossed to the other side of the lake.
Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
14 But the disciples had forgotten to bring any
food. They had only one loaf of bread with them
in the boat. 15 As they were crossing the lake,
Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the
yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”
16 At this they began to argue with each other
because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17 Jesus
knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why
are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t
you know or understand even yet? Are your
hearts too hard to take it in? 18 ‘You have eyes—
can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’*
Don’t you remember anything at all? 19 When I fed
the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many
baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”
“Twelve,” they said.
20 “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven
loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did
you pick up?”
“Seven,” they said.
21 “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
• Money
MARK 8 :3 6
Jesus is saying that when we pursue
selfish ambitions, we may get what we
want—at least temporarily—but lose
everything important in the process.
Many of our selfish ambitions are related
to the pursuit of money and possessions.
How ironic that we use money—a gift
from God—to buy things that separate
us from him. People who pursue money’s
empty promises one day discover that
they have become spiritually bankrupt.
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Jesus Heals a Blind Man
22 When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people
brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged
him to touch the man and heal him. 23 Jesus took
the blind man by the hand and led him out of
the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he
laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see
anything now?”
24 The man looked around. “Yes,” he said,
“I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly.
They look like trees walking around.”
25 Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s
eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His
sight was completely restored, and he could
see everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him away,
saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your
way home.”
Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went
up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As
they were walking along, he asked them, “Who
do people say I am?”
28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the
Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are
one of the other prophets.”
29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say
I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.*”
30 But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone
about him.
Jesus Predicts His Death
31 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son
of Man* must suffer many terrible things and
be rejected by the elders, the leading priests,
and the teachers of religious law. He would be
killed, but three days later he would rise from
the dead. 32 As he talked about this openly with
his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to
reprimand him for saying such things.*
33 Jesus turned around and looked at his
disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away
from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing
things merely from a human point of view, not
from God’s.”
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my
follower, you must give up your own way, take
up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to
hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you
give up your life for my sake and for the sake
of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what
do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul?* 37 Is anything worth more
than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me
and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of
8:18 Jer 5:21. 8:29 Or the Christ. Messiah (a Hebrew term) and
Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.” 8:31 “Son
of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. 8:32 Or began to
correct him. 8:36 Or your self? also in 8:37.

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