14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
I see God revealing earthly power sources (the yeast being religious or governmental power) that are only too attractive, maybe even addictive. They offer protection, supply belonging, and identity. “Hitch your wagon to the party in power!” they cry. But there is a cost. You have to speak the party line and espouse the party platform, even if you don’t agree. And, it’s temporal.
“Have you not seen My power?” asks Jesus. “Have you forgotten?” “I am your protection. I am your identity. I am your glory. I am your supply. Beware of any platform, any security system that would carry you away from Me.” says Jesus. And I sense He’s asking me to evaluate my own level of trust. So today I will confront every worry and problem and concern with an intentional prayer of thanksgiving to God who has everything under control.
Oh God, forgive me for pushing outside the boundaries of your care. Amen.
Pete Woodward, Pastor
Faith Lutheran – Pleasant Hill