Monday 27 August, 2018

Matthew 16:5-12

5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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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