Mark 6:52 “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened”
Greetings to all readers in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Let Grace and Peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus.
I used to think people with hard hearts were God –haters or at the least people in rebellion to him. But I was wrong when I read and understood Mark chapter 6. We all know this incident about the terrible storm against the boat in the fourth watch. Disciples were in trouble and fighting for their lives. Yet there came Jesus walking on top of the very thing that was trying to kill them. Remember! Jesus is walking top of every waves you are going through.He is in full control.
I continue reading in Mark 6:51 which says “They were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered”. Why they were amazed because they saw Jesus walking on water but they shouldn’t be amazed because they have seen mightier miracle than this before. In the same chapter you will come across the feeding of five thousand people. They all have experience the miraculous hand of Jesus but why they were amazed this time when they saw Jesus walking on water? The answer is on v 52 for they considered not the miracle of the loaves; for their heart was hardened. Including me all of us believe that Jesus is healer, but we believe him as a healer of cancer, aids and tumor but when it comes to fever or small headache we don’t trust him rather we prefer taking medicine, please do not misunderstand tat I am against medicine but let me ask you is that because our heart is hardened ?If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have to agree that there are certain areas of your life where you have a hard heart toward God.
God made us so that we can harden our hearts towards unwanted influences. It was meant to be a positive thing, but because we haven’t understood this,
In Old Testament we find Pharaoh who refused to let the children of Israel leave the land of Egypt. He refused and hardened his heart 15 times and we know what happened to him at last.
In mark 8:17-18 we can see in detail about the hard heart. “And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, why reason ye, because ye have no bread? Perceive ye not yet, neither understands? Have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? Having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember? We can find the characteristics of the hard heart. Let us see in points
1) Unable to perceive
2) Unable to understand
3) Unable to see
4) Unable to hear and 5) Unable to remember.
These are all speaking of paralyze stage or inabilities in the spiritual realm
The word paralyze in dictionary is to make unable to move or act. We are healthy outwardly but unfortunately paralyzed spirituality . Soul is made in our system that we could have a contact with God but due to sin the soul is in a paralyzed condition unable to move or unable to act , unable to hear the word of god. Why some of the so called Christians cannot act or move spiritually? We just can’t see spiritual truth or hear the lord speak to us. We cannot remember scriptures, some of the sisters they can remember the full story of TV programs, some brothers can even tell who won the Cricket world cup in 2007 but the same people cannot remember the scriptures…because they considered the TV programs and cricket matches more than the scriptures.
Whatever you consider, your heart becomes softened toward and whatever you fail to consider your heart becomes hardened to .Now this is simple but powerful when we read v.52 it says “For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened” . Disciples did not consider the miracle in fact they were more concerned about the situations which they were into. They lost their focus from the miracle which they have experienced before which resulted them to be amazed when they saw Jesus walking on water. They considered the situation so much that even they couldn’t recognized Jesus…they cried out saying Ghost !!
Dear Reader what you considering right now? Is it the Word or the world? It was not sin that caused the disciples’ hearts to be hard it was that they consider on things other than the miracle that Jesus performed.
I am not saying to drive your car by faith, but drive the car with eyes open and your brain working…but if we get into a situation where our physical knowledge and abilities won’t save our lives, we must be able to go beyond the natural and draw on the ability of supernatural. This was wrong with the disciples. They has just witnessed Jesus taking five small loaves of bread and two small fish and feeding an entire multitude , if they had kept their minds stayed on that miracle, they wouldn’t have been shocked or surprised to see JESUS walking on the water. Verses 45 says Jesus made his disciples to go before him, which we can understand tat Jesus compel them. Therefore, they didn’t get into the situation because of some fault of their part; they were under direct orders of master. Jesus was testing them but their heart was hardened because they did not consider the miracle which they have experienced in other words they consider carnal mind by believing the natural facts which led them to hardened their heart to believe the super natural things.
One of the benefits of understanding what causes hardheartedness is that you can reverse this process and use it to become hardened against the devil. That is absolutely true. You have the power to determine what your heart accepts or rejects. you cannot be tempted with something you cannot think. You won’t act in a way that you haven’t already considered in your mind. So, control your thoughts and you’ll control your actions. That’s simple but profound. Most people don’t operate that way
May God Bless you.