DO YOU UNDERSTAND? (Mark 8:14-21)


Jesus warns the disciples not to be influenced by the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod (Mk 8:14).  The confused disciples wonder if this discussion about baking supplies has anything to do with not having bread.

Frustrated with the disciples, Jesus says what we are thinking. “Why are you talking about bread?

Do you still not see or understand?!” Now we know right off the bat that he is not talking about bread because we are just so smart.

“Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” (Mk 8:18)

During this CoronaVrisu crisis the political and cultural disputes just continue to roll on. Since all of us have opinions, we get sucked into these controversies. We let the yeast of the worldly authorities influence and deceive us. Turns out we are not smart as we think. We are busy baking our days with tainted yeast to create the Bread of Discontent.

 “And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” (Mk 8:18–19).

Jesus calls his disciples back to his presence and His word. Jesus asks them specifically to remember. What did God do when there were 5,000 people and not enough bread? What did God do when there were 4,000 people and not enough bread?

To be the people of God is to be people who remember. We cling to the Word of God because in it we remember all that the LORD has done. We remember all the ways God is faithful. When we remember the LORD is faithful we are encouraged to look forward with faith, not fear.

So during this time as we shelter avoid the yeast of this world. Be transformed by the Word of God. Let the Word leaven you’re your thinking and perceiving.

This is why our worship is so critical. In the liturgy as we respond to all the ways we remember that God is faithful, we are leavened, we are transformed.  Rather than just going through this crisis, you are called to remember. To come to worship and recall who the LORD is and what the LORD does.

In this midst of all this craziness, Jesus asks you:

“Do you still not understand?” (Mk 8:21).

I hope you will join us this Sunday when we remember how our God is faithful. You can find us worshipping at

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