Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Who is This Man who Walks on Water and Feeds Thousands on Scraps of Food?

    Today’s Reading:
  • Mark 6:30 - 56
  • Psalm 40:1 -10
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Mark 6:30 - 56
Here again the miracle of feeding 5,000 men plus their families with five loaves of bread and two fish is recounted.  That miracle is just as awe-inspiring as the first time I read about it in the book of Matthew.

Then we are told the story of how Jesus walked on water to the disciples' boat as it was struggling in the storm.  We are told that the disciples were first terrified because they thought it was a ghost on the water, but then after seeing it was Jesus, they were utterly amazed.

The reading then says that the disciples were amazed because they still didn't understand the significance of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and that their hearts were too hard to take it in.  That is still somewhat astounding to me -- after all, these men had given up their lives to follow Jesus.  But I guess that they, like everyone else, simply thought of Jesus as being a prophet.  Jesus was not yet ready to reveal to them who he actually was and I would assume that they were not yet ready to know.  Who is this man who walks on water and feeds thousands on scraps of food?

Psalm 40:1 -10
In the first part of this Psalm David has been lifted out of the pit of despair.  It is good to know that the anger of the Lord is terrible, but it lasts less than the turn of a page in the bible.  I am so thankful that the Lord is there for all of us, for anyone us who want it.  Thank you Lord!

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