by Harley Howard

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Mark Chapter 8 (8 of 16)
Series: The Gospel of Mark
Harley Howard

Now we see the second recorded feeding of a multitude of people recorded in Mark's gospel. This feeding was not that long after the first feeding of the previous multitude in chapter 6. Even if it was, (and it wasn't) the disciples should have remembered the miracle the first time, and if they did, it would have been reflected in their response to Jesus during this second feeding.

1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

The multitudes, which followed Jesus, were ever growing and of course, that meant that the needs of the multitudes also grew as well. Most of them were sacrificing eating to have the opportunity to see and hear from Jesus and probably to receive some miracle from His hand. A multitude is a great enough number of people by itself; when you preface the word multitude with the word great, (immense or enormous) that made the number of people many more in number. Jesus called His disciples to Him and told them of His concerns.

In Mark 6:34, Jesus revealed His concerned for the multitudes which followed Him at that time and the text described Jesus as being, "Moved with compassion, which is precisely what it means here. It means to be moved as to one's bowels; for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity. It was also the seat of tender affections, especially kindness, benevolence, etc.

His concern for the needs of the masses was borne from compassion. The word compassion goes way beyond feeling. There are many who claim to feel compassion towards others in need but their claim does not demonstrate any action. The word compassi ...

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