PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 8:14-21
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:21)
What we call ‘miracles’ are actually literally called ‘signs’.
Jesus performed many signs to prove that he was the messiah, the Son of God.
Here Jesus warns about the yeast (subtle deception) of Herod and the Pharisees.
The disciples misunderstand Jesus, thinking he is concerned about the bread.
Jesus then points to the message of the remaining baskets.
12 baskets leftover when feeding over 5000 Jews (Mark 6:42-43).
7 baskets leftover when feeding over 4000 Gentiles (Mark 8:8).
If the 12 represents the tribes of Israel, what about the 7?
For the Jews the 7 represented the 7 nations of Canaan:
Canaanites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hittites, Hivites, Jebusites and Perizzites.
In other words, Jesus is enough for everyone, for Jews and Gentiles!
He is the bread of life for all people, the messiah for all people!
Don’t worry about bread, says Jesus; I am more than enough for everyone.
Am I still worried about the concerns of this life, or do I still not understand?
Lord, nothing in this world is enough, and I am not enough in myself either. But you are more than enough. Help me to understand this, and to stop letting worldly concerns look for more apart from you.