Is it a bit foggy at times? Do things slip your mind? Does the topic of conversation seem just a bit different from what you expected? Seems as though mine gets a bit foggy now and again.
The disciples’ memory wasn’t too good. They forgot the bread.
And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. [Matthew 16:5 KJV]
Guess they had that on their minds when their logic failed, too.
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. [Matthew 16:6-7 KJV]
I don’t get their reasoning – it’s not really a giant leap from leaven to bread, but they had to leap over Pharisees and Sadducees to get there! They personalized Christ’s encompassing message into a complaint against their small error. Much as we do today.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? [Matthew 16:8-9 KJV]
How could they forget that when it came to bread, there were no limits to the number of loaves Christ could create to feed multitudes? They were there. They had partaken of that miraculous feeding and took up the abundance left over with their own hands.
Yet, because of their mistake, they felt Christ was chastising them. We do that today. Why, when we’re learning of Christ and His will in our lives we continue to focus on the lack, the failures? Do we forget Christ’s other examples?
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. [Matthew 25:21 KJV]
Two out of three servants received commendation and reward. One stood in fear of his master’s abilities.
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. [Matthew 25:25 KJV]
That lack of faith brought punishment.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. [Matthew 25:28 KJV]
What good does it do to save one’s soul and lose the reward from doing Christ’s work? Will we remember that giving Him our lives also means working in His service?
How’s our memory?