They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
The disciples had just handed out 5000 plus portions of fish and loaves to a hungry crowd. Five thousand! They started with 2 fish and 5 loaves, thanked God for what they had, and then gave the 7 away – over and over and over again.
Afterwards, when tummies were full and the sleepies were near, Jesus made sure the disciples collected the 12 baskets of leftovers, saying, ” Let nothing be wasted.”
He then told them to get into the boat and head to Bethsaida, as he dismissed the crowd and went alone to a mountainside to pray. Then Jesus comes to them walking on water and they’re afraid. Terrified!… until He talks, and then they are just dumbfounded for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
… like the leftover bread.
I’ve been feeling a little “crusty” lately.
What has the Lord done in my life? What fishes and loaves have been multiplied? What storms have been calmed? … and yet still I stand dumbfounded – hardened – at the very next turn?
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
Either I pause, remember and let my lips produce awestruck and trembling praise: Stop, Drop to my knees, and Roll within this Jesus-filled boat.
or I scramble,
and let my lips produce complaints and heart-hardening worry.
Jesus, I don’t want clogged arteries filled with hardened plaque. Burn away the chaff. Keep my heart soft, Lord.