16 Days with Mark: Chapter 8
Gospel of Mark: Day 8
Feeding the Four Thousand
The Demand for a Sign
Jesus Cures the Blind Man at Beth-saida
Peter's Declaration That Jesus Is the Christ
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Journaling Questions for Reflection
"I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come a long way (Mark 8:2-3)." Jesus shows compassion for not only the spiritual but physical needs of His people. What physical needs should I be presenting to Jesus? How can Jesus help me take better care of my body? My household? My errands? My chores? My budget?
And He sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign (Mark 8:12)?" How often do I think the Lord "sighs" at me? What questions or complaint that I have are most provoking? Where am I seeking a sign? Where do I need more trust? Reflect on Jesus' humanity and relatability in this passage.
"We have no bread (Mark 8:16)." How often do I feel I have nothing to offer the Lord? How often do I forget how the Lord has provided for me? Jesus reminds his apostles of how many times He has fed a multitude. What blessings in my life is Jesus calling me to remember today? Reflect on the past miracles Jesus has done in your life.
"Do you see anything?" And he looked up and said, "I see men; but they look like trees, walking." Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and saw everything clearly (Mark 8:23-25). Jesus shows us here that not all healing is complete at once. How do I need to be more patient with myself in the healing process? Where am I grieving right now? How can I be more gentle with myself? What struggles in my life need to be brought to the Lord again and again for healing?
"But who do you say that I am (Mark 8:29)?" Sit with the Lord and answer His question.
"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loves his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life (Mark 8:36)." What cross is the Lord asking me to pick up? What worldly attachments are keeping me from fully embracing my cross? What are 5 ways I can deny myself today?
Day 8 Challenge:
Tell one person your answer to Jesus' question "But who do you say that I am (Mark 8:29)."