Mark 8:14-21 – Warning About Doctrinal Leaven
|| Matthew 16:5-12
MK8:14 Now the disciples had forgotten to bring enough bread and only had one loaf with them in the boat. MK8:15 It was then Jesus warned them, saying: “Keep looking and be on guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, as well as the leaven of Herod.” MK8:16 So they reasoned among themselves: “Does he say this because we did not bring bread?” MK8:17 Jesus was aware of this, so he said to them: “Why do you discuss this among yourselves? Do you not see or understand? Are you so dull of understanding? MK8:18 ‘Eyes you have but do not see, ears and do not hear?’ [Jeremiah 5:21] MK8:19 When I continued to break the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets of leftovers did you gather?” They said: “Twelve.” MK8:20 “And also with the seven loaves among the four thousand, how many baskets of leftovers did you gather?” And they responded: “Seven.” MK8:21 “Why do you still not understand?”
 Matthew 16:5-12: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Only had one loaf with them in the boat: Again the apostles worry about what they will eat in the future after they have eaten the one loaf.
 Leaven of the Pharisees: Elsewhere Jesus explains this to be the “teachings” or “doctrine” of the Pharisees. Some of these same doctrines are found in modern churches and sects, indicating that not all have listened to this warning. For details see Pharisees or leaven in the footnote commentary on Matthew. Religious doctrine.
 Leaven of Herod: Compare notes on Matthew 16:6 and Luke 12:1. Political doctrine.
 Dull of understanding: Jesus is not easy on his apostles and speaks his mind whether this hurts their feelings or not.
 Do not hear: Jesus references Jeremiah 5:21. Compare also Isaiah 44:18 and Ezekiel 12:2. Jesus plies a powerful text to his own apostles.
 Still not understand: In modern times millions of materialistic Christians have never learned this lesson stated at Matthew 6:29-34. The Church has become one of the most materialistic bodies on earth.
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:1-9 – 4000 Fed
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:10-13 – Pharisees Seek Sign
Matthew 16:5-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Watch Out for the Leaven of False Teaching
Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 5 Matthew 6: 24-34: e) Anxiety and neighbor love
CHRIST FEEDS 4000, WARNS OF LEAVEN,
AND HEALS BLIND
[“Who Am I?”]
Key word: Warnings
Mark 8:1-9 – 4000 Fed
|| Matthew 15:32-39
MK8:1 During those days a large crowd of people gathered again and had nothing to eat, and so Jesus said to his disciples: MK8:2 “I feel deep pity for the crowd as they have now been with me for three days. MK8:3 But if I send them away to their homes so hungry they may give out on the road, for many have come some distance.” MK8:4 So his disciples answered him: “How could anyone here in this isolated place find enough food to feed them all?” MK8:5 Jesus asked them: “How many loaves of bread do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” MK8:6 So Jesus commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks, and broke the bread and continued giving it to his disciples to set before the people. MK8:7 Now they also had a few small fish, and he blessed these, and commanded these also to be put before the people. MK8:8 So all the people ate and were satisfied, and afterward they picked up seven baskets of leftovers. MK8:9 Now all those who had eaten numbered about four thousand, and then Jesus sent them home.
 Matthew 15:32-39: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Had nothing to eat: It is possible Jesus provides an object lesson in what follows to demonstrate to the disciples about their overly materialistic concerns. [NJB ftn]
 Been with me for three days: Imagine a group of Christians willing to assemble three days with little or no food to hear the teachings of Jesus.
Mark 7 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Review Questions on Chapter Seven
Matthew 15:32-39 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: 4000 Fed