02/23/19 – Mark 6:30-58; Psalm 40:1-10; Proverbs 10:11-12

Mark 6: 51  Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

The disciples had just experienced the miraculous feeding of over 5,000 people.  And now they see Jesus not only walk across a stormy sea but calm that same violent surface.  So, I ask — how can their “hearts be hardened?”

Coffman adds an insight I had not considered:  To be sure they knew that a mighty wonder had been performed, but until the moment of Jesus’ coming aboard they had not grasped the significance of it as an indication of the Lord’s deity. This lack on their part was due to the fact that “their heart was hardened,” being blinded by the dreams of a secular kingdom.

Not just the disciples but all of the people of Israel had been taught that the Messiah would arrive on the “white horse,” lead Israel in overthrowing the power of Rome and establish an earthy kingdom with the Nation of Israel at the head.  And as we read the synoptic Gospels we will see the “hardening” multiple times.

Kinda makes me wonder — are our hearts sometime “hardened” by our traditions vs. being open to the true will of God?



1 comment

  • missliz

    I haven’t thought much about “hard-heartedness” being more about our insistence on self will rather than following the lead of God’s will but there it is. Mark spends a lot of time talking about the problem. I imagine Jesus is still frustrated and amazed at us at times. Our stubbornness prevents God from blessing us as He would like.

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