Scripture: Matthew 16:6-12; Mark 8:14-21; Mark 8:22-26; Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-20

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Warns Against Wrong Teaching

Matthew 16:6-12 (KJV) Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.  Which when Jesus perceived, He said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?  Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?  11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?  12 Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Mark 8:14-21 (KJV)  14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.  15 And He (Jesus) charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.  16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.  17 And when Jesus knew it, He saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?  18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?  19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto Him, Twelve.  20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.  21 And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

Questions:

1. Of what did Jesus warn His disciples (Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15)?

2. Of what did the disciples believe Jesus was speaking (Matthew 16:7; Mark 8:16)?

3. Of what did Jesus say they had little (Matthew 16:8)?

4. What did Jesus say was hardened (Mark 8:17)?

5. Of what did Jesus remind them (Matthew 16:9-10; Mark 8:18-20)?

6. What did Jesus ask the disciples (Matthew 16:11a; Mark 8:21)?

7. What did Jesus say about yeast (Matthew 16:11b)?

8. What did the disciples then understand (Matthew 16:12)?

Answers:

1. Jesus warned His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

2. The disciples believe Jesus was speaking of the lack of physical bread.

3. Jesus said they had little faith.

4. Jesus said the disciples’ heart was hardened.

5. Jesus reminded them He had provided bread to a multitude of people.

6. Jesus asked the disciples, “How is it that you do not understand that I was not talking about bread?”

7. Jesus said He was warning them against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

8. The disciples then understood that Jesus wasn’t telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but guard against the doctrine (teaching) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Jesus Restores Sight To A Blind Man

Mark 8:22-26 (KJV) 22 And He (Jesus) cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him.  23 And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought.  24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  25 After that He put His hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.  26 And He sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Questions:

1. Who was brought to Jesus (Mark 8:22)?

2. What did Jesus do for the blind man (Mark 8:25)?

Answers:

1. A blind man was brought to Jesus.

2. Jesus restored the man’s sight.

Peter Says Jesus Is The Messiah

Matthew 16:13-20 (KJV) 13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven.  18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  20 Then charged He His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ.

Mark 8:27-30 (KJV) 27 And Jesus went out, and His disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way He asked His disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?  28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.  29 And He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto Him, Thou art the Christ. 30 And He charged them that they should tell no man of Him.

Luke 9:18-20 (KJV) 18 And it came to pass, as He (Jesus) was alone praying, His disciples were with Him: and He asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?  19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.  20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus ask His disciples (Matthew 16:13; Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18)? 

2. Who did Simon Peter say Jesus was (Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20)?

Answers:

1. Jesus asked His disciples who men thought He was.

2. Simon Peter said Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Christ of God.

HEAR the WORD

Mark 8:25 (KJV) After that He (Jesus) put His hands again upon his (the blind man’s) eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verse above.  Why do you believe Jesus had to touch the man twice before the healing was complete?  My Bible notes: Jesus chose to do the miracle in stages, possibly to show the disciples that some healing would be gradual rather than instantaneous or (perhaps) to demonstrate that spiritual truth is not always perceived clearly at first. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV) 15 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Peter confessed Jesus as divine and as the promised and long-awaited Messiah.  How would you answer Jesus’ questions in Matthew 16:15 above? Who is Jesus to you?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Is Jesus your Lord and Messiah?  Are you sharing Him with others?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will beware of those false teachers among us (Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15). Lord, I pray our faith will continue to increase as we seek You (Matthew 16:8).  Lord, I pray our heart will be open to You (Mark 8:17).  Lord, I pray we will remember not only what You’ve done for us, but what You’ve done for others (Matthew 16:9-10; Mark 8:18-20).  Lord, I pray we will trust all Your ways (Mark 8:25). Lord, I pray we will continually recognize You as the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). In Your name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.” <>< Dona