I’ll be sharing some notes today on Numbers 29 and Mark 8.

“‘ On the tenth day of this seventh month hold a sacred assembly. You must deny yourselves and do no work” emphasis added.

Numbers 29:7 (NIV)

Whenever we read in the Old Testament about a Sabbath or any other day when people couldn’t work, the text isn’t talking about priests. Specifically, it’s not talking about the priests performing their duty of serving the Lord. This is why I think Jesus asked the clergy who objected to his healing on the Sabbath, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” (Mark 3:4 NIV)

“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied.

Mark 8:5 (NIV)

In feeding the 4,000 (men only), Jesus used seven loaves of bread and some small fish to feed the crowd. It doesn’t matter how few the loaves were. Instead, what we should take away is that whatever we have it’s enough for God to accomplish his purpose.

He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.”

Mark 8:12 (NIV)

Although Jesus asks many questions, most of the time, his questions are rhetorical. I don’t see Jesus’ questions as ever being questions because of a lack of knowledge on his part. Like in Genesis, after Adam and Eve sinned and were hiding in the garden. 

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:9 (NIV)

Those are my notes for today. Thanks for stopping by.