What Jesus Did! 'Astonished Lack of Understanding' — Mark 6:51-52

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Then [Jesus] climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. [The disciples] were totally amazed, for they still didn't understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
— Mark 6:51-52 NLT

Key Thought

The disciples couldn't get it! Maybe they wouldn't get it! Only God could feed a multitude out of such a small collection of bread and fish (Mark 6:35-44). Only God could still a storm and bring the boat to immediate safety at the intended destination (John 6:18-21). Jesus was God with them. Faith in him opened the door to what was not humanly possible. Yet, even with what the disciples saw, they found it hard truly to believe in Jesus as the Son of God. By human standards, he was simply too good to be true!

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, my righteous Father, please help me overcome my pockets of weak faith and my areas of lacking belief. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 6:1-6
  • John 14:28
  • Ephesians 3:20-21


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Illustration of Mark 6:51-52 NLT —  Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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