|| Mark 8:1-10
MT15:32 But Jesus called his disciples around him and said, “I am feeling compassion over the crowd because it is already three days since they approached me and they have had nothing to eat. I do not want to dismiss them fasting. They may give out on the road.” MT15:33 His disciples asked him, “Where in this isolated place are there enough loaves of bread to satisfy this crowd?” MT15:34 Now Jesus told them, “How many loaves do you have?” The disciples said, “Only seven and a few small fish.” MT15:35 Having ordered the crowd to recline on the ground MT15:36 Jesus took the seven loaves of bread and the fish and giving thanks he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, and the disciples to the crowd. MT15:37 And everyone ate and was satisfied. The surplus of leftovers they gathered filled seven provision baskets. MT15:38 Those who ate included four-thousand males apart from women and little boys. MT15:39 Having dismissed the crowds Jesus boarded the boat and arrive into the Magadan area.
 Compassion: Or, PME: my heart goes out. This crowd has just experienced unnumbered miracles and the joyous conversation with tears of happiness must be awesome. We can only imagine their emotions.
 Three days: Imagine such a crowd, so filled with energy and elation they have lost the count of time and at least one night has passed. The strength and example of the Nazarene is something to admire.
 They may give out on the road: Or, RHM: lest by any means they faint; PME: collapse on the way; BAS: they will have no strength for the journey.
 How many loaves do you have: The disciples either are aware of the availability of this food or they carry it themselves. They have walked over fifty miles and climbed a mountain. Surely there is at least the passing concern they will not have enough.
 A few small fish: They may have fished at the lake or carried dried fish with them.
 Everyone ate and was satisfied: Or, TCNT: everyone had sufficient to eat; NEB: they all ate to their heart’s content.
 Surplus of leftovers: Or, KJV: broken meat; BER: leftovers filled seven hampers; NEB: the scraps left over.
 Males apart from women and little boys: See Matthew 14:21.
 Arrive into the Magadan area: About a ten mile row along the coast. This is the only occurrence of this place name. The name means “tower” and was the hometown of Mary Magdalene.
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