Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Reference: Mark 8:14-21
Mark 8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Do you still not understand? That is the question Jesus asked his disciples following his realisation that even though they had only a few loaves of bread, which was a fact, their imagination had ‘cooked up’ a seemingly plausible reason as to why He would choose to warn them about yeast in that specific situation.
It could be that in times past, the first things highlighted to the Apostles was their lack of resources hence, they may at some point, have been expecting Jesus to do the same. Yet, He was curious and wondered if at this point, after being with him that long, they had ever thought that things were different with Him.
His single question, ‘do you still not understand’ is filled with even deeper questions: Do you not understand that you are seeing things that are not? Hearing things that are not and choosing to believe things that are not? Is it not just your mind playing tricks on you? You saw me produce abundance out of little, with left overs to spare; you were witnesses of this. So why are you thinking as you do now? Have you not come to understand? Even now?
That is our situation on many occasions, we imagine and create truths that are drawn solely on our past experiences and data about a situation which is etched into our minds. Even when Jesus is present in the ‘NOW’, we expect outcomes to be the same as if He was absent entirely. He is here…Do you still not understand? Think about this.