“Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And He cautioned them, sayins, ‘Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod’. And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why are you discussing the fact that you haveno bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 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’. ‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?’ And they said to Him, ‘Seven.’ And he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’
When I read this last night my first thought was “Wow. That is exactly how we are.” This story just really hit me last night. First, let’s note that in Mark 8:1-10 is when Jesus feeds the 4000 and in Mark 6:30-44 Jesus feeds the 5000. So, Jesus and the disciple got into this boat and headed out to sea. In the midst of that, the disciples realize they forgot to bring bread. That’s not good. How are they only going to eat? They only have one loaf! It says that they began to discuss this issue. Yet, forgetting who was in the boat with them. Jesus. The Bread of Life.
Then Jesus asked them “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?
And this is what I think is key and what strikes me in the story.
Then Jesus says “And do you not remember?”
Jesus causes them to remember. To answer their discussion of having no bread is asks them “Do you not remember?” Have they so quickly forgotten who this is?
“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’. And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?’ And they said to Him ‘Seven’. And he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’
So, they are in the boat discussing the fact that they don’t have bread. Jesus says “Do you not remember?”
It is just earlier in the chapter when Jesus feeds the four thousand. I don’t know how much time had went by between Jesus feeding the 4000 to this point in time, but I’m it was only a matter or day, maybe weeks. They had just witnessed twice Jesus feeding 1000s with just 5 loaves and again with 7 seven loaves. They were there in the midst of it when Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd. They watched Jesus with there own eyes, not once, but twice break the bread and feed the thousands with leftovers- an abundance. And yet how quickly they forgot. They did not look back and remember what Jesus had already done in their lives. What they already saw Jesus do that is evidence of who Jesus is. They didn’t remember the things Jesus had done before in their lives to take those moments and hold onto them and stand on them. The last thing Jesus says is like the punchline.
He says, “Do you not yet understand?”
It’s like, after all that, you still don’t understand? Last night as I read that question this was how I heard it: “Do you not yet understand who I am?”
Friends, how many times have we watched Jesus do amazing things in our lives through healing, providing, making a way where there was no way, rescuing us, ect. We have witnessed the hand of God in our lives time after time after time. When we needed to pay that bill, yet we didn’t have the money, the Lord provided and somehow miraculously you were able to pay the bill. The list could go on. And yet, then when another crisis hits we easily forget who is in the boat with us. The same person that brought you through the last trial. When the next financial crisis comes, we forget to look back and remember how just not long ago Jesus provided the finances for that bill, for that trip, for that medical bill. And we get into a frenzy and start worrying and stressing. Do we not yet understand who He is? Who is in the boat with us. Do we not yet know that He is God. He is faithful. Has He not already proven Himself to us many times in many different ways? Has He not promised us many things in His Word? Is not He who promised faithful?
It’s like I said before, one of the key things in this story is “Remember”. Remember those time the Lord provided for you. Remember those times that Jesus brought you through the fire and the trial. Remember how the Lord was there the last time when you stepped into an unsure time. Remember. Remember. Not just remember WHAT He has done but, also, remember WHO He is. And then take those moments and hold them close. Speak those moments and stand on those moments. Jesus you did it before and you will be faithful again. I can trust You. He is Jehovah Jireh- Our provider. There is always the provision you need for whatever God calls you to. In remember those past moments with the Lord, it will strengthen your to trust Him, to lean into Him, and walk through it. Rest in Jesus. He is on the throne. Don’t forget who is in the boat with you.
Here’s another cool thing I saw. For the 5000, Jesus asks the disciples how many baskets they had left over and the disciples say twelve. He asks them again about the 4000, and they say seven.
There are 12 months in a year. And there are 7 days in the week.
Do you see it?
His provision never lacks. And He is sufficient. When you have Jesus in the boat with you, you have everything.
Jesus says in the old Testament that He is the “I AM”.
Do you need His provision for something?….. I AM Jehovah Jireh (The Lord who will provide).
Do you need Him to heal you?….I AM Jehovah Rapha (The Lord who heals).
Do you feel like no one sees you?…I AM Yahweh Roi (The God who sees).
Do you need His guidance?…I AM Yahweh Rohi (The Lord my Shepherd).
Do you feel alone?….I AM Yahweh Shammah (The Lord is there).
Do you need peace?….I AM Yahweh Shalom (The Lord is peace).
And that just a few of the names of God. That’s another eason why it’s so important to understand the name of Jesus. Which is what I’ve been learning when I listened to a sermon that Damon Thompson preached at the ramp where he talked about the name of God. The power in the name of Jesus that we talk about is not wrapped up in the 5 letter of His name. It is in what He name is- of who He is. He is the great I AM. I AM is everything you need. The power is in understanding who He is and becoming intimate with His name.