Mark 8b Notes

Mark8b (vs22-38--9:1)                     Notes



22 And they came to Bethsaida.   And some people brought to him a blind man and begged Him to touch him.


Back on the NE point of the lake. Near feeding of 5K. This   event only in Mark. Power in the Master's touch (11x in Mk)


23 And He took the blind man by the hand and led him out   of the village,


Seeking a private setting, kindly taking him aside...


and when He had spit on his eyes and laid His hands on   him,


Another unusual manner of healing. Perhaps 1st  to separate the eyelids (Clarke), then apply His power to heal.


He asked him, "Do you see anything?"


How's that? What do you see now?


24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look   like trees, walking."


Only progressive healing recorded. Sensing light but with   blurry images.               Note1


25 Then Jesus laid his hand on his eyes again; and he   opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.


The Lord not through until the good work is complete. Man   not left with a partial healing. Even in stages, He is in control.


26 And He sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter   the village."


As oft before, instructed to keep this private. No need   for popularity.



Note1: An illustration of how we gain spiritual sight: little by little. We get a measure of understanding, then must wait until this grows into fuller comprehension.



27 And Jesus went on with His disciples to the villages of   Caesarea Philippi.


Fourth and final retreat from Galilee.   


And on the way He asked His disciples, "Who do people say   that I am?"


Travel time opportune for discussion. "What are folks   saying about Me?"


28 And they told Him, "John the Baptist; and other say,   Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."


Various opinions. All complimentary, but none right.   Preacher of Repentance? Worker of Miracles? Divine Spokesman?


29 And He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?"


Now the disciples' opinion more pertinent. They should be   in a position to know.


Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."


Peter know and confessed His identity -- "right on the   mark."                            Note2


30 And He strictly charged them to tell no one about him.


Once again, silence enjoined. Why, when this is precisely   what the world needs?



Note2: The Messiah, Anointed of God, the Chosen One. A king by divine appointment -- chosen and empowered to lead the people in the Kingdom of God.



31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must   suffer many things


Big ideas start by small introductions. He MUST suffer --   Why? to save from sin


and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and   the scribes


Disapproval by leading Jews -- their rejection of Him as   Messiah


and be killed, and after three days rise again.


to the extent of death. To be followed by new life. This   also MUST happen.


32 And He said this plainly. And Peter took Him aside and   began to rebuke Him.


No more parables here, but directly spoken. A Peter,   emboldened by previous confession... a Suffering Messiah?    Note3


33 But turning and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter   and said, "Get behind Me, Satan!"


The presence of others requires firm hand with error.   Peter was an agent of the Accuser in opposing Jesus.


For you are not setting your mind on the things of God,   but on the things of man."


Captive by human reasoning, we miss the truth of God.   Leaven at work (v15).



Note3: Peter gets this later -- evidenced in his letters (See 1Pet2.21 / 3.18 / 4.1 & 14-16).



34 And He called to him the crowd with his disciples and   said to them,


Time for a lesson for all would-be followers. Crowds   following often.


"If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and   take up his cross and follow Me.


Will: desire & determination. To accompanying Me, you   must die like Me. The cross is not a slight burden, but an instrument of   certain death.                Note4


35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but   whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.


Our way of living yields the opposite. Living for Jesus   and the good news will lead to life -- though it may not seem so.


36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world   and forfeit his life?


What IF a man could trade his life for the entirety of   earthly gain? He'd be gone and unable to enjoy it! ('Life' is good word.)


37 For what can a man give in return for his life?


Once he's dead, what power, opportunity or resources does   a man have left to barter with?


38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this   adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed   when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."


We must not -- in the face of earthly pressure -- give up   our most precious treasure: Our relationship with Jesus. He comes in glory to   reward the faithful.



Note4: A figure of speech derived from real experience. Roman instrument of certain death. The Christ leads a band of cross-bearers, who live for Him. See Gal2.20.



9:1 And He said to them, "Truly, I say to you,


Affirmation of truth. "Listen carefully & Trust what I   am telling you..."


there are some standing here


Looking into the faces of those present, knowing each individuals   participant


who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God


During their present normal natural lifetime. Witness with   their own eyes. The Dominion, Reign, Rule of God.


after it has come with power."


The might and strength of Divine Rule evident in the work   of the gospel. See Ax2.



notes by David Teel Friday, May 30, 2014