Do You Understand?
Jesus had just finished feeding the five-thousand with five loaves of bread and then again four-thousand with seven loaves of bread. Now the disciples are in a boat concerned that they did not have enough bread to eat.
What are some signs of a hard heart found in Mark 8?
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?”
A sign of a hard heart is speaking disbelief about God’s abundance and provision.
The disciples were in disbelief, only thinking in the natural, not recognizing anything of the supernatural. They were speaking their disbelief instead of believing and trusting in the provision of God. They had become fearful and discouraged, speaking words of scarcity and disbelief. “We have no bread.”
A sign of a hard heart is not seeing God’s ways or understanding how God influences the natural. Jesus had just fed five-thousand with only five loaves yet the disciples did not see or understand the miracle. Jesus said, “Do you not understand?”
A hard heart cannot see, hear, understand or remember the things and ways of God.
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?”
Is your heart open to seeing, hearing, understanding and remembering the Word of God? Fill your heart with the life-giving water of God’s Word. Seek the Spirit of God today in seeing, hearing, understanding and remembering HIM. Focus on having Spiritual eyes, listening with Spiritual ears, gaining understanding and remembering God’s miraculous love, grace, mercy and redemption in Christ Jesus.
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