Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Matthew 16: 5-12

5 The disciples crossed over to the other side of the lake. They had forgotten to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 The disciples talked about this among themselves. They said, “He must be saying this because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Jesus knew what they were saying. So he said, “Your faith is so small! Why are you talking to each other about having no bread? 9 Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the 5,000? Don’t you remember how many baskets of pieces you gathered? 10 Don’t you remember the seven loaves for the 4,000? Don’t you remember how many baskets of pieces you gathered? 11 How can you possibly not understand? I wasn’t talking to you about bread. But watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then the disciples understood that Jesus was not telling them to watch out for the yeast used in bread. He was warning them against what the Pharisees and Sadducees taught.

There are some things I should accept with faith and then move on. Like – God will provide, He will never leave me or forsake me, if God is for me who can stand against me. Basics like that and many more.

Jesus wants to teach me new things and lead me to greater challenges – to go deeper with Him. But sometimes I can’t seem to move away from the basics.

This is what’s happening in this passage. Jesus wants to warn the disciples about false teaching, He uses an illustration about bread, they’ve forgotten to bring something to eat and start to worry and the basics and they miss the point Jesus is trying to make.

The key phrase is “you have so little faith” v8.

What area am I stuck on? Where Jesus is calling me deeper but I won’t go because I don’t trust Him even in the shallows?

Lord, I want to be the kind of man that you can say “he has great faith”. Please do whatever it takes in my life that I can answer You and go where ever you call. Amen

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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