Vs. 11, “The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.” It didn’t matter how many miracles Jesus did, the hardened hearts of the Pharisees were already decided. I love how we are told in vs. 12, Jesus sighed deeply…that shows some raw emotion from our Lord and Savior! In our chapter today, we have another miracle of feeding only, this time the number is different (vs. 1-9). The Yeast of the Pharisee’s (vs. 14-21) was used to illustrate the dangers of false teachers. We read on to see Jesus giving sight to a blind man (vs. 22-26), and Mark’s version of Jesus’ interaction with asking the disciples who do people say I am.
Regarding application…Do You Understand? Vs. 18, “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” I tend to be one of those people that never seem to understand the punchline of a joke. I don’t always get it. This is kind of what happened to the disciples too. They just failed to see the point that Jesus was making. Question: Do you understand? In the end times, there will be many who try to lead you astray. Be careful dear brothers and sisters! We don’t have Herod or the influence of the Pharisee’s (vs. 15)…but we do have others coming with authority telling us the “right” ways to live. That is why it is so important to have a “relationship” with the Lord daily (vs. 34) and know His word. Keep fighting the fight, find rest and trust in the Lord this week!