Mark 8:1-21

Dense = stupid; slow-witted; dull.

I try to give the disciples the benefit of a doubt. I mean, the Spirit hadn’t been given yet! But Jesus Himself rebukes them: “Have your hearts been hardened? Do you not still understand?” Isn’t it interesting that the Pharisees desperately wanted a sign, and the disciples had several and they still weren’t thinking spiritually?

Here Jesus is trying to warn them about the false teachings of the Pharisees, which is like yeast. Even a little tends to spread, and can confuse and deceive. They don’t get it, thinking that Jesus is simply talking about bread. Jesus is confounded on two fronts. First, they didn’t understand what He was saying. And second, why worry about bread after what they had just experienced!?!?!

How about us? Do we think spiritually? Do we trust that God will provide for us? Or are we as dense as the disciples, even though we have the Spirit!?!?!

Matthew 6:25–33: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Note: Feel free to let me know if this isn’t up in the morning. I do them ahead of time and set them to go live at 1 a.m. The two times they haven’t been there the time was wrong. I’m assuming operator error!

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