The Problem of a Short Memory: Mark 8:14-21
“14) And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. 15) And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16) They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17) And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18) 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 you picked up?” They *said to Him, “Twelve.” 20) “When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they *said to Him, “Seven.” 21) And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?”” Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭14‬-‭21‬ ‭
Worry and anxiety are often the result of forgetfulness. No, the problem was not forgetting to take bread. The problem was the tendency of forgetting the extraordinary ways Jesus provided in the past!
Let’s do the math. If Jesus could take five loaves and fed five thousand and He multiplied seven loaves to feed four thousand (plus women and children), how many people could He feed with the one loaf they had in the boat? Answer; they had enough bread with them to sink the boat… because Jesus is the bread of life!
The leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod was denying the Deity of Christ. It was refusing the logical conclusion of His multiple teachings, signs, wonders and deeds. They rejected Him as Messiah. They had blind eyes, deaf ears and hard hearts.
We often do the same thing. We fret about little things in the future because we forget about the great things God has done in the past!
If Jesus is God and He dwells in you through faith… then all things are possible. But, if you are an agnostic about the identity of Jesus Christ, naturalism will constantly feed your anxiety! You will live be fear and not faith.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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