#271 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 16:5 And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?
One of my bosses back in the dark ages had a saying that expressed his frustration with us dull witted employees very well. “Ya buy ‘em books, and ya buy ‘em books and all they do is chew the covers.” This must have been one of those moments for Jesus. How many times and how greatly did he demonstrate the power of His faith and his authority over His creation and still the disciples were focused on the wrong things.
Don’t get me wrong. I can understand their concern with not wanting to disappoint Jesus, but I also understand how frustrating it is when someone just will not look beyond the moment and see the bigger picture. As Christians we are “bigger picture people”. This world is not all there is, and this moment is always going to be a point in time when we can grasp the Lordship of Jesus and align our expectations according to His eternal principles. Bread indeed! The leaven Pharisees and Sadducees was the relative complacency of the people living down to a minimum standard of “righteousness”, rather than embracing the true righteousness of the one who created the heavens and the earth. To put it in terms a child would understand. Behave in order to avoid a spanking, or behave because it’s what you must do to honor your father and mother.
Jesus was the master of bread. He could cause bread sufficient for the multitude, can he not supply you with the will to live for Him? Can He not help you to overcome whatever “moment you find yourself in?