The Feeding of the Four Thousand

Is anyone else getting deja vu all of a sudden? Let’s check out Mark 8: 1-10, and figure out what more Mark is trying to tell us.

So, Jesus has compassion for another group of hungry people. That sounds like him.

The first thing I notice, besides the similarity to the previous story, is the sheer forgetfulness of the disciples. What do you mean, “Where can someone get enough bread?” Weren’t you just with Jesus when he cloned all that other food? You know exactly where the food could come from.

It’s interesting that there were seven baskets left over here, where there were twelve before. As I discussed, twelve is a magical number among the Jews, however, seven is also a magic number. Seven is one of the greatest power numbers in Judaism, representing Creation, good fortune, and blessing. It revolves around the creation story specifically, and how on the seventh day God rested. It’s about perfection and completion. Modern American culture also has a thing for the number seven.

A final note is that we still don’t’ know where Dalmanutha is, but we think it’s on the Western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

So, last time the feeding was a message about being the fulfiller of Messianic prophecy. Is this a similar message? We won’t know until we keep reading. Mark seems to enjoy long connected series’ of stories to flesh out what he is trying to say.


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