- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
The more Jesus said people not to tell about miracles Jesus had done, the more they kept talking about it (7:36). Still a large crowd gathered around Jesus.
Jesus fed the four thousand (1-10) — this was the second time that Jesus fed a large crowd after he fed five thousand (6:30-44). Jesus had compassion for the people who were with him for three days and had nothing to eat. Jesus initiated to feed the crowd, compared to in 6:30-44, which disciples did and asked Jesus to send them away to find their meal.
Asking for a sign (11-13) — The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign from heaven. They were spiritually blind because they couldn’t see or they were not willing to see the sign of heaven, the person of Jesus. Jesus himself was the sign. In Matthew 16:4 Jesus said, “None will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” (16:4), indicating of his own death and resurrection.
Lesson of the yeast (14-21) —- The yeast was understood as a symbol of uncleanness or impurity, compared to unleavened bread that was the symbol of covenant of God in the Passover mean in Exodus (12:37-42). Jesus pointed out hypocrite of the Pharisees. But disciples still did not understand.
The healing of the blind man (22-26) —- This story shows a specific way how Jesus healed the man
How the man was healed in process.
The confession Peter (27-30) — Jesus led his disciples to Caesarea Philippi intentionally. Caesarea Philippi was the center of pagan religion. And Jesus wanted to reveal who he was and why he was sent by God by asking who the people say that he was. Jesus asked existential question Peter, “who do you
Say I am?” which is the question to us today, “who is Jesus Christ to you?”
Jesus predicts his death (31-38) —– Jesus’ ministry turned to its final stage to finish when he predicted his suffering, death and resurrection. But Peter was not fully understood, only thinking of man, not thinking of God. Jesus taught about the way of discipleship; deny oneself, take up one’s cross, and follow him. This way of discipleship is the way to gain life above all things, and to witness Jesus in the world.
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?” “Who is Jesus to you?”
- Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
- Live it out through the day.