Don't You Get It?

Don't You Get It?

23 November 2009


6 “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They decided he was saying this because they hadn’t brought any bread. 8 Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you worried about having no food? 9 Won’t you ever understand? Don’t you remember the five thousand I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of food that were left over? 10 Don’t you remember the four thousand I fed with seven loaves, with baskets of food left over? 11 How could you even think I was talking about food? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’ ” 12 Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about yeast or bread but about the false teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:6-12 NLT)

Jesus had compassion on the people and healed the sick among them. This led to a crisis of mass hunger. Jesus used the need to teach a lesson in divine resources. Five thousand men, plus women and children were fed. A short time later, Jesus used another similar situation to check his disciples’ progress. Four thousand men, plus women and children were fed.

Not long after that miracle, Jesus mentioned yeast in one of his teachings and they thought he was hinting at the fact they hadn’t brought food for their journey. Jesus said, “Don’t you get it? The need is not the problem. The size of the need is not the problem. Today’s lunch is not the problem. Compassion and faith are enough for any size need. Now will you forget about lunch and pay attention?”

I really want to get this. Like the big twelve here, I’ve experienced the miraculous provision of God. I’ve seen it in Jesus People days, in Medford, in Jamaica, in the UK, in Africa, in Bend. I want to get it so I don’t always revert to the default setting of “Where would we get enough to meet this need?” I take some comfort in the fact that these guys did get it eventually and that they changed the world.


Father, I get tired of being a spiritual goldfish with a three second memory span. I want to move the lessons you teach me into long-term memory so the next time you’re moved with compassion and want to involve me I can respond in faith instead of like these guys so often did – like I so often do. I want to get it. I want to keep it. Amen.

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