Let Me Be Frank… 7-10-19

16At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18 ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? 19 When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”  “Twelve,” they said.
20 “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?” “Seven,” they said.  21 “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.

Mark 8:16-21

I don’t think through what needs to happen to get out of the house.  I know, you’re saying, “Franklin, don’t be so hard on yourself…  Everyone forgets something every once in awhile.”  And you would be right.  But I forget something every. single. time.  And so, there we were at Ned Houk Park running out of water while a gallon of drinking water sat on the counter at our house eagerly awaiting our return.

So, I get the disciples plight when that one guy forgets the bread.  I’d probably be that guy.  And so they argued about who was in charge of packing the food and wondered what they do with nothing to eat.  If only there was a way to get bread.  It would take a miracle…

Jesus said (essentially), “Remember that one time I fed 5000?  How much was left over again?  And what about that one time I fed 4000?  How many baskets of leftovers did we collect then?”
There’s always that guy that doesn’t think through the situation and says, “If we only had those leftovers now, we wouldn’t go hungry.”

We give the disciples a hard time, but we’re not that different from them.  Why are we so quick to miss the miracle?  Why do we assume that Jesus came through before but this event is totally different.  We’re too far gone, the situation has escalated and is beyond repair, there’s no way out…  And Jesus is saying, “Don’t you understand yet?”

In the Bible, sight is often a metaphor for understanding.  And this story in Mark precedes an amazing story of the time that Jesus healed a blind man in two stages and taught the disciples a valuable lesson in the process!

I can’t wait to share that with you this weekend.  Invite a friend and see you soon!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 
SOLI DEO GLORIA
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