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Topic: Do you see what I see

KJV-Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

MARK-8 1-2 One day about this time as another great crowd gathered, the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples to discuss the situation.

“I pity these people,” he said, “for they have been here three days and have nothing left to eat. 3 And if I send them home without feeding them, they will faint along the road! For some of them have come a long distance.”

4 “Are we supposed to find food for them here in the desert?” his disciples scoffed.

5 “How many loaves of bread do you have?” he asked.

“Seven,” they replied. 6 So he told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces and passed them to his disciples; and the disciples placed them before the people. 7 A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to serve them.

8-9 And the whole crowd ate until they were full, and afterwards he sent them home. There were about 4,000 people in the crowd that day and when the scraps were picked up after the meal, there were seven very large basketfuls left over!

10 Immediately after this he got into a boat with his disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

11 When the local Jewish leaders learned of his arrival, they came to argue with him.

“Do a miracle for us,” they said. “Make something happen in the sky. Then we will believe in you.”

12 He sighed deeply when he heard this and he said, “Certainly not. How many more miracles do you people need?”[b]

13 So he got back into the boat and left them and crossed to the other side of the lake. 14 But the disciples had forgotten to stock up on food before they left and had only one loaf of bread in the boat.

15 As they were crossing, Jesus said to them very solemnly, “Beware of the yeast of King Herod and of the Pharisees.”

16 “What does he mean?” the disciples asked each other. They finally decided that he must be talking about their forgetting to bring bread.

17 Jesus realized what they were discussing and said, “No, that isn’t it at all! Can’t you understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?

18 ‘Your eyes are to see with—why don’t you look? Why don’t you open your ears and listen?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?

Three points:

1. The compassion of Jesus 1-3

2. The provision of Jesus 4-7

3. The satisfaction of Jesus 8-18

The Compassion of Jesus (vv. 1-3)

Verse 2. “I have compassion on the crowd.”

He saw their need and prepared to provide. The compassion of Jesus always leads to the provision of Jesus, which is our second point.


The Provision of Jesus (vv. 4-7)

The crucial point of the passage comes in verse 4. It’s crucial because it gives insight into Jesus’ disciples.

Jesus did not ask the disciples to create the miracle. That was his job.

All he’s asking of us right now is to believe him and follow him all the way to the end.

The Satisfaction of Jesus (vv. 8-10)

Look at verse 8. “And they ate and were satisfied.” Oh, I love that sentence. The provision of Jesus is not just an okay meal. What Jesus gives is satisfying.