Mark 8

1Another time there were many people ˻with Jesus˼. The people had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his followers to him. Jesus said, 2”I feel sorry for these people. They have been with me for three days. And now they have nothing to eat. 3I should not send them home hungry. If they leave without eating, they will faint while going home. Some of these people live a long way from here.” 4Jesus’ followers answered, “But we are far away from any towns. Where can we get enough bread to feed all these people?” 5Then Jesus asked them, “How many loaves of bread do you have?” The followers answered, “We have seven loaves of bread.” 6Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Then Jesus took the seven loaves and gave thanks to God. Jesus divided the bread and gave the pieces to his followers. Jesus told the followers to give the bread to the people. The followers obeyed him. 7The followers also had a few small fish. Jesus gave thanks for the fish and told the followers to give the fish to the people. 8All the people ate and were full. Then the followers filled seven baskets with the pieces of food that were not eaten. 9There were about 4,000 men that ate. After they ate, Jesus told them to go home. 10Then Jesus went in a boat with his followers to the area of Dalmanutha. 11The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked him questions. They wanted to test Jesus. So they asked Jesus to do a miracle to show that he was from God. 12Jesus made a sad sound like he was troubled. He said, “Why do you people ask to see a miracle as proof? I tell you the truth. No proof like that will be given to you.” 13Then Jesus left the Pharisees. Jesus went in the boat to the other side of the lake. 14The followers had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. They forgot to bring more bread. 15Jesus warned them, “Be careful! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” 16The followers discussed the meaning of this. They said, “He said this because we have no bread.” 17Jesus knew that the followers were talking about this. So Jesus asked them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? You still don’t see or understand? Are you not able to understand? 18Do you have eyes that can’t see? Do you have ears that can’t hear? Remember what I did before, when we did not have enough bread? 19I divided five loaves of bread for 5,000 people. Remember how many baskets you filled with pieces of food that were not eaten?” The followers answered, “We filled twelve baskets.” 20”And remember that I divided seven loaves of bread for 4,000 people. Remember how many baskets you filled with pieces of food that were not eaten?” The followers answered, “We filled seven baskets.” 21Then Jesus said to them, “˻You remember these things I did,˼ but you still don’t understand?” 22Jesus and his followers came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to Jesus. They begged Jesus to touch the man. 23So Jesus held the blind man’s hand and led him out of the village. Then Jesus spit on the man’s eyes. Jesus put his hands on the blind man and asked him, “Can you see now?” 24The blind man looked up and said, “Yes, I see people. They look like trees walking around.” 25Again Jesus put his hands on the blind man’s eyes. Then the man opened his eyes wide. His eyes were healed, and he was able to see everything clearly. 26Jesus told him to go home. Jesus said, “Don’t go into the town.” 27Jesus and his followers went to the towns in the area of Caesarea Philippi. While they were traveling, Jesus asked the followers, “Who do people say I am?” 28The followers answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Other people say you are Elijah. And other people say that you are one of the prophets.” 29Then Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30Jesus told the followers, “Don’t tell any person who I am.” 31Then Jesus began to teach his followers that the Son of Man must suffer many things. Jesus taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days. 32Jesus told them everything that would happen. He did not keep anything secret. Peter spoke to Jesus alone. Peter criticized Jesus for saying ˻those things˼. 33But Jesus turned and looked at his followers. Then he criticized Peter. Jesus said to Peter, “Go away from me, Satan! You don’t care about the things of God. You care only about things that people think are important.” 34Then Jesus called the people to him. His followers were also there. Then Jesus said, “If any person wants to follow me, he must say 'No’ to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross ˻(suffering)˼ that is given to him, and he must follow me. 35The person that wants to save his life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me and for the Good News will save his life forever. 36It is worth nothing for a person to have the whole world, if he loses his soul ˻in hell˼. 37A person could never pay enough to buy back his soul. 38The people that live now are living in a sinful and evil time. If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I will be ashamed of that person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with the glory of my Father and the holy angels.”

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