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Frameworks: Mark's Gospel chapter 8


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)




v.1-10   Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

v.11-13 Questions from the Pharisees

v.14-21 Discussion about Yeast

v.22-26 Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

v.27-30 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

v.31-33 Jesus Predicts His Death

v.34-38 The Way of the Cross


v.1-10 Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand


v.1-3 (Jesus speaks to his disciples about the hungry crowd) During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

v.4 (the disciples are nonplussed) His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”

v.5 (Jesus asks about their resources) “How many loaves do you have?”  Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied.

v.6 (he feeds the crowd with the bread) He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.  

v.7 (he also uses the fish) They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them.

v.8 (everyone is fed and there are leftovers) The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.  

v.9 (the crowd numbered ) About four thousand were present.

v.9,10 (they leave for another place) After he had sent them away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.


v.11-13 Questions from the Pharisees


v.11 (Pharisees ask for a sign) The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.  

v.12 (Jesus refuses) He sighed deeply and said,  “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.”  

v.13 (they leave and cross the lake) Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.



v.14-21 Discussion about Yeast


v.14 (the disciples forget to bring bread) The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.  

v.15 (Jesus provokes a discussion) “Be careful,” Jesus warned them.  “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

v.16 (the disciples discus it) They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

v.17,18 (Jesus challenges them) Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them:  “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?   Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?  

v.19 (he asked about the first recent feeding) When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied.

v.20 (he asked about the second recent feeding) “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.”

v.21 (he gives a final challenge) He said to them,  “Do you still not understand?”



v.22-26 Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida


v.22 (at Bethsaida a blind man is brought) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.  

v.23 (Jesus starts to heal him) He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

v.24 (the man partially sees) He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

v.25 (Jesus finishes the healing) Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.  

v.26 (Jesus sends him home) Jesus sent him home, saying,  “Don't even go into the village.”



v.27-30 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah


v.27 (Jesus asks the disciples about his identity) Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them,  “Who do people say I am?”

v.28 (they give various answers) They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

v.29 (he presses them and Peter speaks out) “But what about you?”  he asked.  “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

v.30 (Jesus says tell no one) Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.



v.31-33 Jesus Predicts His Death


v.31 (he starts to tell them of his death) He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.  

v.32 (Peter rebukes hm for this) He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

v.33 (Jesus rebukes Peter) But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter.  “Get behind me, Satan!”  he said.  “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”



v.34-38 The Way of the Cross


v.34 (Jesus teaches the crowd about discipleship) Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  

v.35 (it means being willing to lose your life) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it .  

v.36 (what is the value of life) What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?  

v.37 (what is the value of your soul) Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  

v.38 (don't be ashamed of Jesus) If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.”