Throwing Stones at the Disciples

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Today’s Bible reading from Mark 8 includes the story of Jesus’ feeding 4000 people (Mark 8:1-10). You would think that the disciples would have figured it out already!

Just two chapters earlier (Mark 6:30-44), we were given the story of Jesus’ feeding 5000 men (plus women and children?) with five loaves of bread and two fish and after everyone was satisfied, the disciples collected twelve baskets of leftovers.

This time, Mark tells us that the disciples have at their disposal seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. And this time, they recovered seven baskets of leftovers.

I’m just doing a little quick math, but it’s easy to see that the disciples are complaining to Jesus about not having enough food for fewer people, but with more resources. Didn’t they learn anything?

The disciples were with Jesus. They watched Him do miraculous things every day. And yet, they were perplexed, “What are we going to do?”


It’s easy to point out the anemic faith of the disciples. But when was the last time that you complained to Jesus about a need that’s less than what Jesus has already done in your life?

I can assure you that I really can’t throw stones at the disciples! All too often, I can hear Jesus say to me, O you of little faith!

Truth be told, if it weren’t for the grace of God, I couldn’t have what little faith I have. No one seeks God. But that’s the essence of the Gospel: God does what we can’t.

I’m grateful for the Gospel!