Scripture: Mark 8:18-21 “8 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
Observations: In Numbers today, the Lord explained more about how to worship. Of course, we no longer sacrifice animals, but the concept of worship is so very important. Daily, we should worship, not just on Sunday with the music. We can make the music in our hearts. In Mark, Jesus fed four thousand with seven loaves of bread. The Pharisees demanded a sign from Jesus that he was truly from heaven, but that was refused. A blind man was healed, something that had NEVER been done before. Jesus, in plain language told his disciples that he was the Messiah and that he had to be killed and come back to life, but they did not understand. I find that interesting because many people still don’t get it even after it happened. Then Christ told them to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. That is still tough for us to do, but we should be doing it daily.
Application: The whole discussion on leaven and bread has been a confusion to me until just reading this today. Jesus wants us to trust him. “Give us this day, our daily bread” He is everything we need, and he will provide our every need. It may not be in a way we hoped, or expected, but if we will trust Him, He will fulfill our every need better than we could plan or execute ourselves.
Prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy NAME. Thy kingdom cone, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Tomorrow’s Scripture: Numbers 30-31; Mark 9