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Monday, 13 February 2012 19:01

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By Bro. Bobot Apit  


Mark tends to be very hard on the disciples. They cannot see, they cannot hear, they fail to understand what is happening before their very eyes. Of course, Mark is firing his shots not at the disciples but at you and me. How much faith have we got in God’s care for us? Can we hear, can we see? Are we also without understanding?

YAHWEH EL SHADDAI, your presence in our midst drives away anxietes and worries. Your presence illuminates our minds that we may be able to understand and appreciate the works you are doing in our lives. Thank you Lord! In Jesus Name! Amen!

M ark 8:14-21 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. (15) And he cautioned them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." (16) And they discussed it with one another, saying, "We have no bread." (17) And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? (18) Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? (19) 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." (20) "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven." (21) And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

Meditation from The Living Space


Y esterday we saw the blindness of the Pharisees in asking Jesus to give some sign of his authority from God. Today we see the blindness of Jesus’ own disciples. This, of course, is pointing to our blindness in not recognising the clear presence of God in our own lives.

The disciples are traveling across the lake in the boat. They had forgotten to bring food with them and there was only one loaf between them all. As they cross the lake, Jesus is talking to them. “Keep your eyes open; be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” For the Jews yeast was a corrupting agent because it caused fermentation. That was why at the Pasch they ate unleavened, incorrupt, bread. And Paul tells the Corinthians: “Get rid of all the old yeast, and make yourselves into a completely new batch of bread, unleavened as you are meant to be” (1 Cor 5:7).

Jesus is telling his disciples to avoid two opposing kinds of corruption. That of the Pharisees which is based on narrow-minded and intolerant legalism and that of Herod, which is based on amoral and hedonistic pleasure-seeking.

However, the disciples are not really listening to their Master. They latch on to the word “yeast” and link it with their present obsession – not enough bread. Their lunch is the only thing on their minds. Jesus, of course, knows what is going in their minds.

He scolds them: “You are worried about having no bread? Do you not understand? Have you no perception? Are your minds closed? Have you eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear? Do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves among the 5,000, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they answer. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many baskets of leftovers did you collect?” “Seven.” “And you still do not understand?”

Five loaves for 5,000 with 12 baskets over, seven loaves for 4,000 with seven baskets over, and they, a mere dozen people, are worried about being short of food when Jesus is with them?

Mark tends to be very hard on the disciples. They cannot see, they cannot hear, they fail to understand what is happening before their very eyes. But they are learning gradually, as we shall see. Of course, Mark is firing his shots not at the disciples but at you and me. How much faith have we got in God’s care for us? Can we hear, can we see? Are we also without understanding? # # #

 

GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU. – Bobot Apit

 

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