A Lesson Still Unlearned

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 8:14-21

Do you not yet perceive or understand? . . . Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? (vv. 17-18)

It was not the first time, nor the last, that Jesus was frustrated by the spiritual dullness of the disciples. They just don’t seem to get it. Jesus is trying to teach them spiritual truths and all the disciples can think about is earthly things like the bread they forgot.

It is the human condition, and one we share with the disciples, that without a faith connection to God through Christ, we are spiritually blind and deaf. John Calvin says that with regard to the knowledge of God and his fatherly favor toward us, we are “blinder than moles.” “Spiritual sluggishness,” he calls it in another place. We need the light of God’s special revelation to understand spiritual truth.

This means using “the spectacles of Scripture” to be able to see and understand God and the grace he extends to us in Christ. Later in this chapter, Peter makes his confession that Jesus is the Christ. In Matthew’s account, Jesus affirms that “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17). May our prayer for ourselves and others be the words of the song, “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. I want to see you.”

—John Koedyker

Prayer: May the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, shine “in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).