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Marks Gospel makes contributions of the contemporary theologicaldiscourse on the question of what it means to be human in relation toGod and who God is in relation to humanity This is achieved through thecomparison and contrast of the relationship between Jesus and Hisdisciples The emerging portrait of Jesus as God and the human encounterwith God are two themes encountered throughout Mark Through Jesusmiracles the disciples doubt and hardened hearts Mark ultimatelyillustrates the human relationship with GodJesus picks twelve disciples whom he deems as his inner circle and thosewho will receive the secrets of His kingdom The disciples ask Jesus whyhe teaches in parables and he explains that he does so to keep thoseoutside in darkness but to still reveal the secrets to those insideHowever throughout Mark the disciples continue to misunderstand Jesusand act as if they are the ones outside When asked to feed 5000people the disciples were at a loss how were they going to provide forthese people when they had no resources Jesus being a man of actionblesses the five loaves of bread and two fish and feeds 5000 peoplewith food to spare Jesus pulls a rabbit out of a hat for the secondtime in chapter 8 of Mark and feeds four thousand Jesus says I feel sorry for these people They have been with me forthree days and now they have nothing to eat I should not send themhome hungry If they leave without eating they will faint on the wayhome Some of them live a long way from here 82-3 The disciplesrespond saying But we are far away from any towns Where can we getenough bread to feed all these people 84 Jesus broke the breadand fish for His faithful followers All who were hungry ate until theywere full and there was food left over Although the disciples wereJesus chosen group they still could not see Jesus for who He truly isthe Messiah The two miracles performed by Jesus feeding thousands
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