REAL BREAD FOR REAL HUNGER: Mark 8:1-21

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 8:1-21 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, “I have compassion on 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 from far away.” And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 

11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side. 

14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” 
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 8:1-21 together. What stands out to you and why? 

John 6:27, 35
27 “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” … 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

2. How does John 6:27 & 35 help shed light on the ultimate purpose of Jesus’ feeding miracles

First, Jesus is saying it is the propensity of the human heart to seek satisfaction in things that were never meant to satisfy—“don’t work for the food that perishes.”

Second, He doesn’t leave us wondering. He says, “[work for] the food that endures to eternal life.” And what is that food? Himself. “I am the bread of life” He says; I am the satisfaction; I am the one you’ve been searching for your entire life, but didn’t know it. I satisfy hunger; I quench thirst.”

3. What food are you most tempted to work for that perishes? (what or who are you looking to for joylove, acceptance, security, worth, or physical, emotional, or spiritual fulfillment?)

4. What was the Pharisees real reason for not accepting Jesus and trusting Him?

5. What is the “leaven” of the Pharisees and Herod that Jesus warns His disciples to watch out for? What does this mean for us?

GOOD WORD

We will have to be mesmerized by His compassion. Look at Jesus in the beginning of these stories: He said, “I have compassion on the crowd.” That’s a really interesting word that means “to be moved in your intestines.” It means that Jesus wants so much to be our True Bread, that it tears Him apart.

And on the cross He was torn apart to the core for our sin. He was sent away hungry and fainted on the way, so we could be fed with the True Bread of heaven. Trust Him and tell others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Friday, August 19th – BLOOD DRIVE – MUSKOGEE COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE. WHEN? 10:30am-6pm. WHERE? The Martin Luther King Jr. Center just north of the mall. We will be trying to get everyone we can to sign up and donate blood. In addition, we will be setting up a table to serve homemade cookies to everyone who donates. Let Megan Forgey know if you’re willing to serve. Go to https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/193417 to sign up. 
  • MEN’S WORKOUT / BIBLE STUDY (second and fourth Mondays of every month from 6–7am) – The Gospel Rescue Mission is hosting a men’s workout and Bible study. Pastor Brett will be there along with every other willing and able man. 

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