14 They had forgotten to take bread; so they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he gave orders to them, saying, “Watch out– beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” 16 They reasoned to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 And understanding this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you reasoning that you have no bread? Do you still not perceive or comprehend this? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? Having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken scraps did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken scraps did you collect?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 Then he said to them, “Do you not yet comprehend?”
seeing, hearing and remembering
There was a battle going on in the hearts of these disciples. They were being challenged to question their faith in Christ. The Pharisees came to Dalmanutha seeking proof that Jesus was who he said he was. They wanted one more sign or else they would not agree with the disciples. Now, Jesus warns his disciples that they also would be tempted to lose their confidence in Jesus. He reminded them of the two feeding miracles, each ending in baskets full of leftovers. Twelve and seven: the number of months in a year, and days in a week. Jesus was saying he is sufficient all the time. We do not need more evidence. We need to reject the yeast of doubt that would infest our faith, and lead us to reject our Saviour.
Jesus asked his disciples if they had not seen, heard and remembered. He was referring to their past experience of him. In a Christian’s life, challenges will come to our faith. We need to hang on to our memories of past experiences of his power and faithfulness. If our hearts harden, and we refuse to remember what we have seen and heard, we are in danger of being invaded by doubt, just like a loaf of bread, invaded and permeated by yeast.
LORD, help us to see, hear and remember our past experiences of your touch, and your faithfulness.