In the post TRUST: Jesus Has Done This Before, I shared that Jesus wanted the disciples and us to realize that He has all power and has met needs that appeared to have no way of being met in our lives; yet, we fail to remember that in moments of faith. Remember, moments of faith are situations that require us to believe in Jehovah, the Almighty God, to believe based on His Word, based on prior experiences of His power and faithfulness in our lives and the lives of others. Despite God working in our lives and in the lives of others, He still will have to utter TRUST: “Do you still not understand?”.
That is clearly depicted and stated in 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?”
Jesus asks the disciples this question after probing them to remember recent and immediate miracles i.e. manifestations of His power in their midsts. He had healed many and feed thousands twice, but they did not believe. They did not remember the works of God’s hand; therefore, their senses were dulled. Jesus said, “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? ” Jesus was saying TRUST: “Do you still not understand?”
Jesus had just feed four thousand people and that after a recent occurrence of Him feeding five thousand plus people. How is it that the disciples did not see or understand? Jesus gives insight into that by the warning He gave them “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” As we know, yeast is vital in the fermentation process of making bread. The yeast spreads like a wild fire fueled by an unending wind. Jesus was saying that their unbelief is what causes them to not see and to continue to ask for signs for which Jesus had told them no sign would be given. God does not seek to provide signs for those who have no intention of believing. Jesus was warning the disciples, thus us, that we must believe and not doubt.
TRUST: “Do you still not understand?” is a call to action. It is a call to reflect and remember the acts of God in your life and in the lives of others. In doing so, we see God’s power, His faithfulness and His commitment to fulfill His purposes in the lives of His people. What has God done in your life recently? What has He done in the lives of others around you? What has God done in the lives of those whom you have read about in the Word. TRUST: “Do you still not understand?”
Father, I ask you to help us with our sinful and unbelieving hearts. Help us to look at the evidence of your work in our lives and in the lives of others to TRUST you. Help us to reflect on your faithfulness in your demonstrations of your power. The whole world is filled with examples of your faithfulness and power. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to remember your mighty works. Soften our hearts. Make them pliable to you, so you will not have to say to us TRUST: “Do you still not understand?”