Hearts Hardened Towards Loaves
After Jesus fed
the 5000 with five loaves and two fish, He sent His disciples ahead of Him to
the other side of the water. Later, there was a storm but Jesus came to His
disciples walking on the water, and He calmed the winds and the waves. Needless
to say, the disciples were amazed. The account according to Mark, however,
contains an interesting afterthought:
He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly
amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood
about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mk 6:51-52)
In hindsight, Mark
realized that they were only amazed at that moment because they did not
understand something about the loaves. What did they not understand? Matthew
14:33 gives the answer:
those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the
Son of God.”
If we put these
two accounts together, we see that although the disciples witnessed Jesus feed
over 5000 people with merely five loaves and two fish, they did not understand
He was the Son of God. To them, this miracle was not worth marveling at.
But in hindsight,
Mark realized that they should have marveled when Jesus endlessly handed them bread
to distribute to the multitude. They should have shaken their heads in sheer
amazement when the leftovers they picked up exceeded the amount that they
started with, thinking in their minds, “Truly, You are the Son of God.” But
they didn’t, because their hearts were hardened.
How many of us
receive more than our daily bread…and marvel? When we say grace before eating,
do we express our thanks out of plain courtesy as to another person, or out of
astonishment and awe as to the almighty God? Do we have our fill of abundance
but fail to see the miracle behind it?
In Romans 1:20, 21,
Paul writes that we have no excuse not to glorify and be thankful to God. The
ordinary everyday things—daily provision, protection, and safety—manifest God’s
greatness just as much as the extraordinary. Through creation alone, things
that are made, we can clearly see His eternal power and Godhead. Truly, every day
is a miracle and grace worth marveling.
did you give thanks to God for today?