Mark 8: 14-21….One thing leads to another.

Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

Comment: Jesus and His disciples are so typically human – the same sort of people that you and I are. Except that Jesus’ life was on an entirely different level of purity. Why do I say that? The group had just left a strong disagreement with the Pharisees. Jesus warns them not to let the thinking of the Pharisees affect their lives like leaven added to dough changes the nature of the stuff. ‘Bread, bread’, they thought, ‘ why is He mentioning that?’ Well, Jesus didn’t really talk about bread. He had only warned them that bad attitude and bad thinking can change your thinking and actions. His example had been leaven making bread rise. But their guilt at not thinking ahead and having a supply of daily bread for themselves made them wonder if Jesus was underneath it all upset with them. Jesus makes a comment, similar to what I think He might make to us sometimes. He says ‘You’ve just seen thousands fed, don’t you see, I can look after you. ‘But’, He continues, ‘Don’t you also see what these feedings mean at a much deeper level? I am the Son of God and I have have the answers to all of life.’ Do you think that I have read too much into it?

Prayer: Open my eyes to Your Truth, Lord Jesus.

2 thoughts on “Mark 8: 14-21….One thing leads to another.

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. We humans are more focussed on what we eat, what we wear, instead of being focussed on Jesus and the amazing way in which He can provide what we need. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” God bless you.


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