They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 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? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:16-21I feel that way sometimes. I have short-term memory loss when it comes to God’s activity in my life. I have seen God do more amazing feats and even miracles in my own life than I can even remember. And maybe that’s it. Maybe I need to remember what He has done. Maybe you do, too. Take some time today to remember where you once were in your life and rejoice that He has brought you through it. If you are still in the thick of it in your life, trust Him to multiply the loaves and fish in your life.
Even if you aren’t that familiar with the Bible, God’s inspired word, you have probably heard about the time when Jesus fed the 5,000 with a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. Pretty dadgum amazing, no? As I was reading in the book of Mark the other morning, something stood out to me. The passage is telling about another time when Jesus fed another very large crowd. Like 4,000 large.