The Feeding of the Four Thousand
(2 Kings 4:42–44; Matthew 15:29–39)
1 In those days the crowd once again became very large, and they had nothing to eat. Jesus called the disciples to Him and said,
4 His disciples replied, “Where in this desolate place could anyone find enough bread to feed all these people?”
“Seven,” they replied.
6 And He instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then He took the seven loaves, gave thanks and broke them, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people. And they distributed them to the crowd. 7 They also had a few small fish, and Jesus blessed them and ordered that these be set before them as well.
As soon as Jesus had dismissed the crowd, 10 He got into the boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
The Demand for a Sign
(Matthew 16:1–4; Luke 12:54–56)
11 Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, testing Him by demanding from Him a sign from heaven.
12 Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit and said,
The Leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod
(Matthew 16:5–12; Luke 12:1–3)
16 So they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 Aware of their conversation, Jesus asked them,
“Twelve,” they answered.
“Seven,” they said.
21 Then He asked them,
The Blind Man at Bethsaida
22 When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then He spit on the man’s eyes and placed His hands on him.
24 The man looked up and said, “I can see the people, but they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.
26 Jesus sent him home and said,
Peter’s Confession of Christ
(Matthew 16:13–20; Luke 9:18–20; John 6:67–71)
27 Then Jesus and His disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way, He questioned His disciples:
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
Peter answered, “You are the Christ.”
30 And Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about Him.
Christ’s Passion Foretold
(Matthew 16:21–23; Luke 9:21–22)
31 Then He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this message quite frankly, and Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But Jesus, turning and looking at His disciples, rebuked Peter and said,
Take Up Your Cross
(Matthew 16:24–28; Luke 9:23–27)
34 Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them,
36 What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
9 a Men is implied here, that is, in addition to women and children; see Matthew 15:38.
18 b See Deuteronomy 29:4, Isaiah 42:20, Jeremiah 5:21, and Ezekiel 12:2.
26 c BYZ and TR “Do not go and tell anyone in the village.”