Tag Archive: Mark 8

Preparation of Apostles for the End

“Jesus prepares his chosen disciples for his death and to strengthen their ministry in carrying on his work.  At this point in Jesus’ ministry the apostles are truly convinced that Jesus is the Messiah, but apparently they too have notions of a political Messiah.  Jesus begins to tell the apostles about his death, as well as the burdens which they themselves will face.

The highlight of this period of preparation comes when Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to Mount Hermon.  There Jesus is transfigured.  In what is evidently more than a mere vision, Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus as representatives of the law and the prophets.

Even with this demonstration to the inner three, and despite Jesus’ warning about humility in the use of their miraculous power, it is not long before all the disciples begin to dispute among themselves as to who among them is the greatest.  Jesus sets a young child before them as an example of humility and teaches them about temptation, discipline, and forgiveness.”

Read:  Matthew 16:13-28, Mark 8:27-38, Luke 9:18-50, Mark 9, Matthew 17, Luke 17:1-10, Matthew 18:2-25

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Extensive Tour Through Galilee

“Jesus turns his ministry now to Phoenicia and the area around Tyre and Sidon.  here he encounters a Canaanite woman who begs Jesus to heal her daughter.  As descendants of Noah’s son Ham, against whom a curse had been directed, the Canaanites are looked down upon by the Jews as unworthy of God’s blessings.  At first it appears that Jesus rebuffs the woman, but the end result demonstrates Jesus’ concern for all people, and also provides an excellent example of persistent faith on the part of a believer.

Jesus will perform more miracles and chastise the Pharisees for demanding signs of his deity.”

Read:  Matthew 15:21-39, Mark 7:24-37, Mark 8:1-26, Matthew 16:1-12

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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