Miracles in Mark

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Nothing but leaves (Mark 11)

Christ sought fruit from the fig tree but there was nothing but leaves. God was seeking the fruits of righteousness and justice from Israel, of which the fig tree was a type, and there was nothing but faithless ritual and show. The destruction of the fig tree means that Israel will be condemned. God is seeking fruit from Christians.

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A Cry from the Darkness (10:46-52)

In looking at this miracle of the giving of sight to blind Bartimaeus we learn about the state of the non-Christian and what they need to do and also how Christians need to approach God in prayer. Bartimaeus shows us the way because he knew he was blind and poor and needed mercy from Christ and this was his opportunity to ask for it.

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Full of surprises (9:1-29)

In looking at the healing of the boy who was brought when Jesus was on the mount of transfiguration we see another situation that needs the exercise of spiritual power.

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Who is he? What do you think? (8:1-30)

How can the two-stage healing of a blind man change the disciples from being blind about the true nature of Jesus into those who confess that he is the Messiah, the Son of God? In the same way that the blind man saw what looked like trees but could not be trees since they were walking and trees don’t walk so the disciples are challenged to fit what they see of Jesus and know from his miracles so it all makes sense. We look back at the evidence Mark has shown in nine previous miracles and realise that though we …

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Satisfaction and understanding (8:1-21)

Christ feeds 4000 people, then deals with the Pharisees’ demand for a sign from heaven before teaching his disciples.

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