Mark 8: 11-21
11 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. 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?”
This passage calls us to understanding. Jesus doesn’t want us as believers to see only with the natural eye. He wants us to see with the eyes of faith and with the eyes of understanding. His comments about the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod is understood naturally by the disciples. They understood it only in their own frame, they had forgotten to take bread with them. Jesus was calling them to understand things from a different frame, the frame of perception and insight. Jesus was warning them about the influence and impact of these people and to be aware of it and on guard with respect to it! Jesus appeal to the miracle of feeding the 5000 calling them not simply to see things from a natural perspective.
I am challenged to think of where I am approaching life without perception, without insight from God. Am I truly pushing into God’s perspective on things? Am I only seeing from my frame, am I being selfish?
Father, give me eyes to see and ears to hear that I may not have a hard heart!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta