19. Why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?
Matthew 16:8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?
Read: Matthew 16:5-12; Mark 8:13-21; see also Luke 12:1(bad doctrine applied to life)
4000 feeding on northeast shore of lake, between Gergesa and Bethsaida; crossed to Magdala/Magadan (western shore) Mt. 15:39; highly unlikely religious leaders would have gone beyond Galilee, already far outside jurisdiction (75+ mi from Jerus)
challenge from Pharisees and Saducees… again – lose/lose for Jesus: Pharisees (Stoics): Beelzebub connection; Saducees: (Epicureans, materialists) denied miracles, etc. (Acts 23:8)
if Jesus did give sign, Pharisees credit it to Satan, Saducees claim some sort of material explanation; could not accurately discern signs that were present, fruitless to give more; one only… Jesus’ resurrection (Mt. 12:40ff)
back across the lake (Mt. 16:4b-5) vicinity of Bethsaida (Mk. 8:22), headed into “Gentile” territory, at least a higher percentage; v.13, 25 miles north… eventually, Caesarea Philippi
discussion at beginning of “walk” north, would have had a day or so on the road depending on pace – Jesus begins this part of conversation with stern warning
Person(s) being questioned:
some or all of the Twelve – general term “his disciples”, “the disciples” – at least the ones that didn’t mind rowing again
only had one loaf; Jesus probably having a little fun along with serious warning and test of their thinking / reasoning
Jesus tosses out verbal firecracker, according to Mark “give them strict orders”, waits to see what disciples will do with it
their solution: mumble among themselves… on subject only incidentally connected to Jesus’ warning
Question behind the question:
Mark 8:17-18Aware of this, He said to them, “Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Is your heart hardened?Do you have eyes, and not see, and do you have ears, and not hear? And do you not remember?” CSB
What do you think my mission is here? and your mission in the future? Hint: see Mt. 16:13ff
Time is short, don’t you have better (read: more significant) things to discuss?
Um, isn’t that what you were talking about? You hungry or something?
better: oh sorry, care to explain? give little more detail?
best: oh yeah, you were talking about the Pharisees false doctrine, right?
Faith (and associated understanding) needs to mature, become the driving force of thinking and acting
Purpose of miracles: 1) John 20:30-31; attest his deity; 2) Matt. 15:32; show compassion; 3) Mark 5:18-19; freed for service
Need to put aside preoccupation with externals (leaven), focus on true Gospel and application to daily life
iow, things that hinder advance of Gospel freedom in disciples and those they would influence must be abandoned / avoided
what are things we are preoccupied with that
show lack of faith
steal our joy (John 17.13)
hinder ability to serve Christ by ministering to others