2021_05_17 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Mark 7-8
“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
Mark 8:21 (NLT)
When my now 25-year-old son was growing up, I homeschooled him. I loved it the vast majority of the time, but some points were hard for both of us. Sometimes I struggled with how to present a concept in a way that made it accessible for him. I remember thinking the words that Jesus spoke in Mark 8:21, “Don’t you understand yet?” I felt a massive weight of responsibility for his education and wanted him to be prepared for his future. A lot was riding on my ability to teach him.
As I read this passage, I wondered if Jesus felt the enormity of His task in teaching His disciples. He was entrusting them with the message of salvation for the world. But they were struggling to understand. Jesus knew His time with them in this physical way was limited; would they be ready?
John 13 – 17 records the last meal that Jesus had with His disciples before His crucifixion and the teaching He shared with them. Chapter 17 records the beautiful prayer that He prayed for them. He also prayed for you and me, the future recipients of the disciples’ message. Jesus prayed that His disciples would be kept safe from the evil one, and in verse 17, He said, “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” Jesus knew the learning would continue on the foundation that He had built with them.
I wonder how many times Jesus says of me, “Kim, don’t you understand yet?”
Sometimes I have a hard time letting go of how I envisioned things would happen. Sometimes I’m stubborn and refuse to see what’s right in front of me. Sometimes I have trouble seeing the truth amid all the competing ideas. Sometimes my fear holds me back.
Jesus wants us to understand, and He will help us if we ask.
“Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.”
Proverbs 2:3 – 7 NLT
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