Jesus feeds 4000 men

A special event that teaches us to follow Jesus. Then he will always help us

updated by Sue Hunter

This study is one of a series of Studies in Mark’s Gospel in EasyEnglish.

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.



Mark 8:1-12 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


In Mark 6:30-44, Jesus fed 5000 men. This was for *Jews who lived in Israel. In Mark 8: 1-12 Jesus was not in Israel. And he was going to feed people who were not Jews.

People wanted to see Jesus even when he was not in his own country. And they wanted to listen to what he said.

These two special events tell us that Jesus was very powerful. They also show that he loved the people.

This event does not mean that Jesus will always use a special event to help us. He teaches us something that is very important. What he says is true. So people believe him and follow him. Then he will always help them.

Questions to ask

V2      How much did people want to hear Jesus?

V2-3   The people wanted to learn, more than they wanted to eat. How did Jesus help them?

V4      The *disciples had seen Jesus feed 5000 men before. Why did they not understand that Jesus could do it again?

V6      What did the crowd think when Jesus said 'thank you' to God for the food?

V6-8   There were 7 loaves when Jesus started. How much was there at the end of the meal?

V4-10  What lessons did the disciples learn?

V2-10  What lessons did the people learn? What lessons do we need to learn?

V11    Why did the *Pharisees argue with Jesus?

V12    Why was Jesus sad?

Something to do

In verses 11 and 12 the Pharisees saw the special event. But they still did not believe that what Jesus said was true. What do we need, that will help us to believe in Jesus?

We can thank God for our food, every time that we have a meal.

Words to explain

Disciple ~ someone who follows a leader and who wants to learn from him. A person who agrees with Jesus and does what he teaches.

Jew ~ a person who is born from the families of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Pharisees ~ a group of Jews who thought that they obeyed all God's rules. They thought that they did not do any wrong things. So, they thought that they were very important and clever.