Mark 8



Mark 8 underscores the themes of Jesus' authority, provision, the gradual understanding of his disciples, and the profound nature of discipleship, including the willingness to bear one's cross for the sake of following Christ.


  1. Feeding of the Four Thousand (Mark 8:1-10): A large crowd gathers again, and Jesus compassionately feeds them with seven loaves of bread and a few fish, miraculously multiplying the food. The crowd eats and is satisfied, with seven baskets of leftovers collected.

  2. Pharisees Demand a Sign (Mark 8:11-13): The Pharisees confront Jesus, demanding a sign from heaven to test him. Jesus, saddened by their lack of understanding, states that no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah.

  3. Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees (Mark 8:14-21): Jesus warns his disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod, using the metaphor of yeast. He rebukes them for their lack of understanding and recalls the feedings of the crowds as signs of God's provision.

  4. Healing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26): People bring a blind man to Jesus at Bethsaida, and Jesus heals him in a two-stage process, indicating the gradual restoration of his sight. Jesus instructs the man not to return to the village.

  5. Peter's Confession of Christ (Mark 8:27-30): Jesus asks his disciples who people say he is, and then he asks them directly. Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus charges them not to tell anyone about him.

  6. Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection (Mark 8:31-33): Jesus begins to teach his disciples about his impending suffering, death, and resurrection. Peter rebukes Jesus, prompting Jesus to respond sternly, saying, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

  7. Take Up Your Cross and Follow (Mark 8:34-38): Jesus calls the crowd and his disciples, instructing them about the cost of discipleship. He emphasizes the need to deny oneself, take up the cross, and follow him, warning that gaining the whole world is not worth losing one's soul.