Hard Hearts Lead to Forgetfulness

But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled.  And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Mark 6:49-52

This must have been an amazing sight.  The disciples were in the ship in the midst of the sea in the middle of a storm.  All of a sudden, they saw Jesus walking on the water.  Of course, they didn’t recognize Him, they thought He was some kind of a spirit and were understandably afraid.  He then talked to them and told them to “Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.”  As He got into the boat, the wind ceased, which was one of the many times He showed His control over nature and the elements.

The disciples were “sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.”  They were, quite simply, shocked.  They shouldn’t have been shocked.  They had been with Jesus for a while at that point and had seen Him do many miracles and mighty works.  They had seen Him heal people, they had seen Him cast the devils out of the maniac of Gadara, and they had seen Him feed the multitude of people with the few loaves of bread.  Why were they shocked at His walking on the water and calming the wind?

Very simple: “…they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”  The condition of their heart effected their memory.  When our hearts get hard, it makes us forget the miracles that we have seen.  We start His doubt Him when our hearts get hard.  The disciples were no different – they were not immune to hard hearts and neither are we.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    ” Why were they shocked at His walking on the water and calming the wind?”
    could it be, that like them, we hang around Him, but we don’t really know Him? Or that we are good at imitating what He does, but we have not yet developed relationship with Him?
    Our pastor constantly speaks of developing relationship with Christ. When we enter into a relationship with Him, we move from the point of following rules, and doing what He requires out of love and respect for Him.

    “The disciples were no different – they were not immune to hard hearts and neither are we.”
    Indeed, but we don’t always remember, do we?

    Thanks for always asking the hard questions!

    Blessings,
    ann

    P.S. ——-> thanks 😉

    Reply

    • That’s a great statement. “we hang around Him, but we don’t really know Him.” I think that desribes quite a few people in churches today. It’s so easy to take our eyes off of Him and start forgetting all that He has done for us.

      P.S. schedule updated. 🙂

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