Reading through the Gospels, one cannot help but notice how often the disciples, like the Israelites, forgot who they were and who they were with. Many times, Jesus would scold the men who walked with him. This wasn’t even a matter of out-of-sight-out-of-mind. They just plain forgot.
Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
Mark 8:18 (ESV)
Here Jesus reprimands his disciples for discussing the fact that they were on a boat with only one loaf of bread. Now, for most people, this would be a logical conversation to have, but these are the men who witnessed Jesus feeding a multitude with just a few loaves of bread not once, but twice!
Jesus approaches these men much the way I would my four-year-old nephew. You ask the obvious questions knowing what the answers will be. The purpose is not in the questions or the answers, but in bringing to remembrance truth.
How often do we remind ourselves of who we are and who we are with? To we keep in mind the things that God has done for us so that we won’t forget and begin to argue like the disciples did about things that we know Jesus can take care of?
As you go through your day, bring to remembrance those things that God has already done for you. Remind yourself of who you are and who you are associated with.
Daily Bible reading: Numbers 24-27, Mark 8:11-38