Jesus feeds 5,000 with five loaves and 4,000 with seven loaves and three fish. So when Jesus tries to use bread as a teaching illustration and the Apostles get upset when they realize they are hungry and only have one loaf to eat, things get interesting…
Leviticus 19-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17.
If you are going to by my people, then you must be holy, because I, the Lord your God, am holy. This passage is so important to our understanding of Christian living. What can we do? What is forgivable? Are their grey areas when it comes to moral living? These are all the wrong questions. From the beginning, God’s people have been called to be holy like he is holy.
I also love the attention that God’s law continues to give to honoring parents, obeying the Sabbath, and being just in your legal and professional dealings. God’s people should be people who continually do the right thing. We like to compartmentalize the many areas of our life, but with God, holiness and godly living are part of everything.
The Apostles are on a boat and begin to hungrily look for bread and realize they forgot to buy more. They only have one loaf. Jesus is wanting to teach them about the danger of the influence that the Pharisees and Herod can have on them and the Kingdom of God. This conversation quickly becomes confrontational.
- Jesus, “Be careful about worldly influences. They are dangerous and can quickly grow like yeast in bread.”
- Apostles, “Bread….wait…who bought the bread!? I am so hungry! Seriously, nobody bought any bread?!
- Jesus, “Are you kidding me? Are you actually talking about bread? ARE YOU IDIOTS!? ARE YOU BLIND?! DO YOU HEAR ANY OF THE WORDS THAT COME OUT OF MY MOUTH!?
- Apostles, “…………………………………”
- Jesus, “When I fed FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE WITH FIVE LOAVES, how much LEFTOVERS did YOU pick up?
- Apostles, “…………twelve.”
- Jesus, “And what about FOUR THOUSAND WITH SEVEN LOAVES?”
- Apostles, “…….seven….um……seven large baskets.”
- Jesus, “ARE YOU GETTING ANY OF THIS?”
I can’t help but wonder what ever came of that single loaf of bread. I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be the guy who handed it to Jesus and said, “Well if you don’t mind, we could use about a dozen loaves. Leftovers aren’t necessary. Thanks.” Or maybe Jesus just grabbed it and they sat there while he filled the boat with bread for them to eat. Of course, all of this is speculation, but Jesus is clearly annoyed that he can’t move on to more important teachings because the Apostles keep getting hung up on their little faith.
I wonder how often God looks at me and asks, “ARE YOU GETTING ANY OF THIS? How many more times will you forget who I am and what I have already done for you?”
On a side note, I think it’s good to acknowledge that there are some things in the Bible we will never fully understand. When we start to act like we have all the answers we are in trouble. I say that to say that when Jesus heals the blind man completely on his second try, I have absolutely no idea what’s going on there. Why spit? Why didn’t it completely work? Why a second attempt? I have no clue. Maybe somebody else reading this can shed some light on this passage.
Peter’s confession of Jesus as Messiah is followed by Jesus predicting his death. When Peter questions this, Jesus reprimands, “Get behind me Satan!” I think that this temptation to rule the world right now, not in accordance with God’s plan, was with Jesus throughout his ministry. When Peter supports that view, Jesus reacts to the temptation, to Satan, and to Peter with this stern reprimand. Clearly, Jesus had no interest in being strongly tempted by one of his best friends.