The readings for this weekend show what slow learners and how inconsistent the disciples of Jesus were. They failed to make connections between lessons the Lord taught them and subsequent situations in their lives. Peter was erratic and, one suspects, the rest were too. Maybe you find this humorous or discouraging or encouraging. The twelve were not brilliant but Jesus chose them, trained them, died for them, and gave them His Spirit and the responsibility to begin to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
You know what else? They did it. By God’s grace, they did it.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Making the Connection
Reading: Mark 6:30-8:21
And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
Sunday, October 16, 2016 Erratic Disciples
Reading: Mark 8:22-10:16
But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
See you again on Monday.
[For reflections on these passages, see the corresponding readings in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].
[Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.]