Episode 059 – Bread of Life Pt 3: Feeding of the 4,000
Key Passage(s): Mark 8:1-9
We read of Jesus feeding the five thousand. And then shortly thereafter, we read of him feeding the four thousand. What gives? Of all the stories to choose from, why would two of the gospel writers include stories that seem nearly identical? The answer is that they’re not. The difference is in the details, and the implications of those details are astounding! Without an understanding of the geography around the Sea of Galilee or how numbers are being used in this story, we miss one of the most critical proclamations Jesus was making about his ministry.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- After witnessing Jesus feeding the five thousand, why do you think the disciples respond the way they do in Mark 8:4?
- In what we ways do we “forget” what God has done in our past and therefore, we live with a lack of faith or perspective in the present?
- We see from this story that Jesus was intentional about ministering to the Gentiles (i.e. pagans and non-Jews). What does this tell us about the heart and mission of Jesus? What hope does this understanding of Jesus bring to our own lives?
- Do you find yourself in awe of Jesus? Why or why not? If not, how could you regain your awe of Jesus?
- How can you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels – see Chapter 23: The Feedings of the Multitudes: When, Where, and Why? By Gordan Franz
- A Visual Guide to Bible Events by James C. Martin, John A. Beck and David G. Hansen – see “Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand in the Decapolis” (p. 180-181).
- A Visual Guide to Gospel Events by James C. Martin, John A. Beck and David G. Hansen – see “Seven Baskets in the Decapolis” (p. 98-99).
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