Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Mark 8:14-17
Jesus has just completed feeding 4,000 people with just 7 loaves of bread, notice the symbolic number of 7 for completion. However the disciples were upset because they forgot to take the leftover bread with them to eat later. Jesus became very annoyed with their lack of faith, here they just witnessed an amazing miracle, and yet they are already worrying about their next meal
Jesus said to them “Why don’t you understand, why did you harden your hearts”? The disciples know Jesus provided bread for 4,000 people and yet they worry about where their next meal is coming from, does this sound familiar? We know Jesus is Lord, we know he defeated sin and death, so why do we doubt he will provide for us?
The bread here is symbolic of sin, notice the disciples are worrying about real bread and Jesus references for the leaven bread of the Pharisees, the leaven is symbolic of sin, that’s why communion is supposed to have unleavened bread
Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? Mark 8:18-21
Jesus references the two events of feeding the multitudes with only a few loaves of bread, the disciples all witnessed these miracles, even ate, yet they already forgot and are low on faith. How does this happen? It happens to all of us, our flesh overcomes us with fear, worry, and anxiety, we need to cling to Jesus, we need to remember what he has already done for us!
Jesus asks “How do we not understand”? Jesus wants to know what is our excuse, why do we keep doubting him? We need to truly trust in Jesus with all our mind, heart, and soul. Not just say we are Christians but truly live it, Amen!