The Gospel of Mark: Chapter 8
1. Feeding the Four Thousand: There was again a large crowd without anything to eat, and Jesus, having compassion for the people, because they have been without food for three days, asks if there is anything to eat. And the disciples wonder how they can feed anyone in the desert, but Jesus asks, "How many loaves do you have?" Hearing that there are only seven loaves and a few small fish, Jesus blesses, prays, and provides enough bread and fish for four thousand people, continuing his miracles. 2. The Demand for a Sign: The Pharisees ask for a sign, but Jesus sighs and says, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly, I tell you, no sign shall be given to this generation." 3. The Yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod: Since Jesus's disciples have only one loaf of bread, he cautions them, saying, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod." The disciples wonder what he is talking about, and ask, "Is it because we have no bread?" And Jesus answers, "Do you still not understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and fail to see? Do you have ears and fail to hear?" And Jesus asks his disciples about other times he increased the bread and fish for the people, and then says, "Do you not yet understand?" 4. Jesus Cures a Blind Man at Bethsaida. 5. Peter's Declaration about Jesus: Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And they answer, "John the Baptist? Elijah? One of the prophets?" Peter answers, "You are the Messiah." And Jesus sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 6. Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection: Jesus began to teach that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and after three days arise again. And Peter begins to rebuke Jesus, and Jesus says, "Get behind me, Satan!" Finally, Jesus says, "If you want to become my followers, then deny yourselves, take up your cross and follow me...for what will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life."