November 29, 2021 – Mark 8: 1-10 – Pay Attention

Today we are reading from Mark 8: 1-10:

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4 His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7 They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8 They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

There is a lot about this passage that we can notice, but here is what I want you to see.  It wasn’t that long ago, back in Chapter 6, Jesus fed the 5,000.  Like, it just happened.  They were all there. They saw it.  Presumably, they ate from it.  They couldn’t have forgotten, could they? 

I guess so, because look at verse 4, “how can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?”  

Really?!?!?!  Guys, just remember, like the other day.  It wasn’t that long ago.  You were there.  You saw it.  You were part of it.  

It just goes to show how little folks pay attention.  We look at the disciples and we think, seriously guys?  Like, for real?  How can you have you forgotten that?  How little could you have been paying attention?  Are you even watching/listening?  

But guess what?  We do the same.  How often have we felt God move?  How often have we experienced God’s goodness?  How often have we seen God’s power, and yet we still doubt?  We are just like them.  And we’ve got to pay attention.  We’ve got to look for God’s goodness and power.  We’ve got to take note of it.  And we’ve to remember. 

Because we will be tempted to forget.  Let’s not do that. Let’s make sure that we pay attention.  God is moving.  We just need to be looking.  

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