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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Mark Chapter 8
 

our thousand fed by a miracle. (1-10) Christ cautions against the Pharisees and Herodians. (11-21) A blind man healed. (22-26) Peter's testimony to Christ. (27-33) Christ must be followed. (34-38)

Verses 1-10: Our Lord Jesus encouraged the meanest to come to him for life and grace. Christ knows and considers our frames. The bounty of Christ is always ready; to show that, he repeated this miracle. His favours are renewed, as our wants and necessities are. And those need not fear want, who have Christ to live upon by faith, and do so with thanksgiving.

Verses 11-21: Obstinate unbelief will have something to say, though ever so unreasonable. Christ refused to answer their demand. If they will not be convinced, they shall not. Alas! what cause we have to lament for those around us, who destroy themselves and others by their perverse and obstinate unbelief, and enmity to the gospel! When we forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves his disciples. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning, disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence?

Verses 22-26: Here is a blind man brought to Christ by his friends. Therein appeared the faith of those that brought him. If those who are spiritually blind, do not pray for themselves, yet their friends and relations should pray for them, that Christ would be pleased to touch them. The cure was wrought gradually, which was not usual in our Lord's miracles. Christ showed in what method those commonly are healed by his grace, who by nature are spiritually blind. At first, their knowledge is confused; but, like the light of the morning, it shines more and more to the perfect day, and then they see all things clearly. Slighting Christ's favours is forfeiting them; and he will make those who do so know the worth of privileges by the want of them.

Verses 27-33: These things are written, that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. These miracles of our Lord assure us that he was not conquered, but a Conqueror. Now the disciples are convinced that Jesus is the Christ; they may bear to hear of his sufferings, of which Christ here begins to give them notice. He sees that amiss in what we say and do, of which we ourselves are not aware, and knows what manner of spirit we are of, when we ourselves do not. The wisdom of man is folly, when it pretends to limit the Divine counsels. Peter did not rightly understand the nature of Christ's kingdom.

Verses 34-38: Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there was to Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to know this, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must not indulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven with Christ, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself for him, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up for the ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think it mean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and view every earthly object as we shall do at that great day. 


David Burnette's Life Application

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 8. In our text today we see Jesus feeding the 4 thousand, restoring the blind mans site, tells of His death to come, while warning against wrong teachings and a lack of faith. What catches my eye is how with all the disciples witness Him do Jesus asks in verse 29 - "Who do you say that I am?" In making application we see Jesus asking the same question, "Who do you day that I am?" Today we have the completed Word of God, the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and the testimonies of the saints of God, we see Billions fail to come to Jesus for Salvation and a Blessed life. How about you? Who do you say that Jesus is? Is He your Lord and Savior? Let us learn from our text today with the Life and Ministry of Jesus to ask ourselves the Personal Question, "Who do you say that I am?" 

 

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Mark 8

Mark 8

 1In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,

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

 3And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

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

 5And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

 6And 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.

 7And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

 8So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

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

 10And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

 11And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

 13And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.

 14Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.

 15And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

 16And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

 17And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

 18Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

 19When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.

 20And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

 21And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

 22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

 23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

 24And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

 25After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

 26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

 27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

 28And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

 29And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

 30And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

 31And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

 32And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

 33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

 34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.