Mark 8* Four thousand fed by a miracle. (1-10) Christ cautions againstthe Pharisees and Herodians. (11-21) A blind man healed. (22-26)Peter's testimony to Christ. (27-33) Christ must be followed.(34-38)1-10 Our Lord Jesus encouraged the meanest to come to him forlife and grace. Christ knows and considers our frames. Thebounty of Christ is always ready; to show that, he repeated thismiracle. His favours are renewed, as our wants and necessitiesare. And those need not fear want, who have Christ to live uponby faith, and do so with thanksgiving. 11-21 Obstinate unbelief will have something to say, thoughever so unreasonable. Christ refused to answer their demand. Ifthey will not be convinced, they shall not. Alas! what cause wehave to lament for those around us, who destroy themselves andothers by their perverse and obstinate unbelief, and enmity tothe gospel! When we forget the works of God, and distrust him,we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves hisdisciples. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning,disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence? 22-26 Here is a blind man brought to Christ by his friends.Therein appeared the faith of those that brought him. If thosewho are spiritually blind, do not pray for themselves, yet theirfriends and relations should pray for them, that Christ would bepleased to touch them. The cure was wrought gradually, which wasnot usual in our Lord's miracles. Christ showed in what methodthose commonly are healed by his grace, who by nature arespiritually blind. At first, their knowledge is confused; but,like the light of the morning, it shines more and more to theperfect day, and then they see all things clearly. SlightingChrist's favours is forfeiting them; and he will make those whodo so know the worth of privileges by the want of them. 27-33 These things are written, that we may believe that Jesusis the Christ, the Son of God. These miracles of our Lord assureus that he was not conquered, but a Conqueror. Now the disciplesare convinced that Jesus is the Christ; they may bear to hear ofhis sufferings, of which Christ here begins to give them notice.He sees that amiss in what we say and do, of which we ourselvesare not aware, and knows what manner of spirit we are of, whenwe ourselves do not. The wisdom of man is folly, when itpretends to limit the Divine counsels. Peter did not rightlyunderstand the nature of Christ's kingdom. 34-38 Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there wasto Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to knowthis, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must notindulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven withChrist, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself forhim, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up forthe ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when thecause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think itmean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and viewevery earthly object as we shall do at that great day.
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