What Jesus Did! 'How Many?' — Mark 8:19-21

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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"I divided five loaves of bread for 5,000 people. Remember how many baskets you filled with pieces of food that were not eaten?" The followers answered, "We filled twelve baskets." "And remember that I divided seven loaves of bread for 4,000 people. Remember how many baskets you filled with pieces of food that were not eaten?" The followers answered, "We filled seven baskets." Then Jesus said to them, "{You remember these things I did,} but you still don't understand?"
— Mark 8:19-21 NLT
Illustration of Mark 8:19-21 NLT — "{You remember these things I did,} but you still don't understand?"

Key Thought

Jesus is trying to help his closest followers remember with the eyes of faith. This means more than merely recalling what has occurred; they must recall what the events had meant based upon their faith in Jesus and their past experiences with the power of God. Lest we are tempted to look down on them for their forgetfulness, let's remember all the times and ways that God has blessed, rescued and provided for us. Let's also remember how often that we find ourselves worrying about our future and wondering if God is going to help us!

Today's Prayer

Heavenly Father, I'm so very sorry for the many times that I've failed to remember your tremendous care, provision, rescue, comfort, and protection. Use your Holy Spirit to help me remember through the eyes of faith and to take comfort in your constant presence and care in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen'

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 13:5-6
  • Romans 8:28-29
  • Matthew 6:31-33

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.