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And 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.
And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
And 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.
Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither ° had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
And 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.
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, ° walking.
And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
But 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.
And 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.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:9 four thousand. The feeding of the five thousand is reported in all four gospels; the subsequent similar feeding of four thousand on another occasion is recorded only by Matthew and Mark. See notes on Matthew 14:20 and 15:38.

8:12 seek after a sign? Note Paul’s comment: “For the Jews require a sign” (I Corinthians 1:22).

8:24 men as trees. When a blind person is suddenly enabled to see by means of eye surgery, he at first has no proper depth perception, finding it difficult to put what he sees in proper perspective. This first stage of Jesus’ miracle would roughly correlate with the first perceptions by a newly healed blind person. The second miracle, however, gave the man instantaneous normal sight, thus clearly showing that this was not a naturalistic process.

8:25 again. This two-stage miracle is recorded only by Mark. Since all Christ’s other miracles were apparently either instantaneous or continuous, this one must have had a special pedagogical purpose, perhaps to show that as Creator He could exercise full control of everything, including the method and timing of all processes and events.

8:30 tell no man. Jesus told the unclean spirits (Mark 3:12), those who had seen His miracles (Mark 5:43) and His own disciples here in this verse that they should not make His identity or His miracles known. In Mark’s gospel alone He gave such an instruction at least seven times. Until Jesus was ready, He wanted people to believe His words for their own intrinsic value, as obviously true to God’s will.

8:32 rebuke him. For a more detailed account on Peter’s great confession (Mark 8:29) and Christ’s subsequent revelation of His coming death and resurrection (Mark 8:31), followed by Peter’s rebuke at Satan’s instigation (Mark 8:33), see the notes in Matthew 16:13-23.

8:35 lose his life. The reference is not to physical martyrdom, but to the fact that real life is found only in dying to self and living for Christ. This divine paradox is repeatedly emphasized in the New Testament. See note on Matthew 10:39.

8:37 in exchange for his soul. It is a poor exchange when one trades his soul for money or pleasure or any other temporal value. Too much emphasis on the stock exchange may convert it into a soul exchange. Note I Timothy 6:10, 17-19.

8:38 ashamed of me. It is dangerous to distort God’s Word for the sake of worldly acceptance. In contrast, Jesus promised that He would confess before the Father those who had confessed Him before men (Matthew 10:32).

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