Mark 8:14-21

Mark 8:14-21

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Mark 8:14-21

Okay, just read through the above two or three times and then ask yourself if you can answer Jesus’ question Do you still not understand? Do you or don’t you? If you want a good strong hint go to Matthew 16:5-12 where the same event is discussed without mention of their hearts.

When Jesus asked Are your hearts hardened? And don’t you remember? He asked this after warning them about the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod when they missed the point of said warning. The yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod (seemingly that of the Sadducees) though very different in most respects were unified in unbelief. It mattered not what Jesus did, nor what miracles He accomplished they (the Pharisees and the Sadducees) would remain unmoved in their unbelief and think only of their own purposes, needs, and wants.

The disciples had seen Jesus’ miracles and yet their minds remained very much in the world instead of realizing their lack of bread could easily be dealt with by Jesus. He was admonishing them to open their hearts, their eyes, and their ears to what He had done. And further understand His miracles from a spiritual point of view and what that meant about Jesus and who He is.

The already recognized Him as the Messiah or the Christ, but had yet to recognize Him as Emanuel, God in the flesh. He expected them to remember what He had done and thus have their hearts open to who and what He is. This is the same for us. When we are in difficulties, do we first turn to God in prayer and supplication or do we simply try to resolve it all immediately with our worldly solutions?

All too often we forget God and try to fix everything on our own. Our own hearts are hardened and discount what Jesus has done and is still in the business of doing – miracles! If Jesus is our Lord and Savior – and He is – we should be turning to Him for all of our needs and not as a matter of last resort after everything else we have tried has failed. We know what Jesus has done in our lives and we know we can trust Him to do even more if we will but let Him. The question is, do we have the faith to let Him? Have we really truly made Him the Lord of our lives or is it simply talk, empty words?

If you were in the boat with the disciples would you understand?

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