Mark returns to his agenda of revealing who Jesus really is. The signs that Jesus shows are revelations of his identity. The rejection he suffers is also, ironically, a revelation of his identity. Mark continues to use symbols which will resonate with his readers–all of which combine to reveal Jesus as the Son of God.
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30The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.31 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.32So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.33People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
34When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.35 By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late.36Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”37He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?”38He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.”39So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass.40* The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties.41Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to [his] disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all.*42They all ate and were satisfied.43And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish.44Those who ate [of the loaves] were five thousand men.