What Jesus Did! 'Little Faith People' — Matthew 16:8-12

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jesus knew that the followers were talking about this. So Jesus asked them, "Why are you talking about not having bread? Your faith is small. You still don't understand? Remember the five loaves of bread that fed the 5,000 people? And remember that you filled many baskets {with bread after the people finished eating}? And remember the seven loaves of bread that fed the 4,000 people? Remember that you filled many baskets {with bread after the people finished eating}? So I was not talking to you about bread. Why don't you understand that? I am telling you to be careful and guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." Then the followers understood what Jesus meant. Jesus was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread. Jesus was telling them to guard against the teaching of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
— Matthew 16:8-12 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 16:8-12 NLT —  Your faith is small.

Key Thought

Jesus did get frustrated with his disciples; he just didn't give up on them! That means that he was involved with them and helped them grow. Indeed, he reached back into their experience and helped them understand their blindness and lack of faith more clearly while driving home his point of concern: be warned about the Pharisees and Sadducees; their teaching is dangerous! In addition, they should have clearly learned by now that they could depend upon him for food.
In dealing with people who don't understand, I find we fail because we don't have the relationship with them to know them and their history enough to help change them — we tend to lose patience when people don't get it the first or second time—we get caught up in the argument and the frustration and we forget the main point in the first place.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, help me be more patient with others who are confused, who do dumb things spiritually, and who ask the same questions again and again. Please help me deal with others in the way you have dealt with me when I've been slow to understand and foolish in my choice of behaviors. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:25-27, 30-33
  • Galatians 4:19-20
  • Matthew 15:12-14

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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.

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