Lay Leader Moment

by Howard Krauss

He was saying to them, Do you not yet understand?

Mark 8:14-12

In Mark chapter 6 (verses 30-44) Jesus feeds 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish. After this there were 12 baskets of leftovers. In Mark chapter 8 (verses 1-9) Jesus feeds 4,000 people with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. And after this meal there are 7 large baskets of leftovers.

Now in Mark 8:14 Jesus and His disciples are in a boat and are also hungry. They have no food and no bread with them and complained about this. I would hope that if we were in that boat with Jesus we would remember the 2 miracles He performed and not complain. To their complaining Jesus asks them these questions:

When I broke the 5 loaves for the 5,000, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?

“Twelve” they replied.

And when I broke the 8 loaves for the 4,000, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?

They answered “Seven”. He said to them,

Do you still not understand?

Not understand? What was it that they did not understand?

They’d seen Jesus feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and have 12 baskets of leftovers. They’d seen Jesus feed 4000 people with 7 loaves and have 7 baskets of leftovers. Now there they sit with one loaf and they wonder if there’s going to be enough to go around.

They didn’t understand that Jesus could supply all their needs. Paul wrote:

My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

Phillippians 4:19

We need the spiritual leftovers God gives us. They’re important for us to feed on. Here at OUMC our Spiritual needs are being met. These are not merely leftovers, but blessings for us to be a part of. There is going to be a special meal in heaven for all of God’s peple. And we’ll never be hungry again and we’ll not need to worry about leftovers ever again because we’ll be forever in God’s presence and eating at his table. But you can’t take part in that great meal until you first belong to Jesus.