14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and 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 pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
When I think about the way Jesus might have asked them with such patience. I wonder, with the way we speak to our Parents, if the disciples weren't a little bit grumpy toned.
Twelve baskets of broken pieces. Martin Luther King was more interested in 12 - not as 12 disciples, but 11 disciples and Jesus. The 12 Days of Christmas were about the Protestant Reformation and this is what the number 12 stood for. 12 Tribes of Israel. Emmanuel is God with us!
In Genesis 2, we find God worked for six days and rested. God could have made our weeks last 12 days. Or 268 days. God chose six days of work and the seventh for rest.
To me the numbers are providing the nation of Israel hope for security in peace for their nation and daily life. 12 Tribes. 7 days a week. God can provide blessings.
Jesus - all things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1.
Every detail we see in the life of Jesus has meaning. God says we live in every Word of God. Father God knows the hairs on our head - Jesus knew how many baskets were collected. A God Opportunity to make a point.
25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Why would God want the baskets to represent something significant? He also knew on several occasions what people were thinking and what their names where. Mary was told hearts would be revealed to Jesus. Why, again, is this significant?
A really good reason!!! God wants to be trusted.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
This is God. We can Trust Him.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Father God, help us to bring Your Love to the people You have given us. Keep us on Your path. Guide us, Lead us, Love us. Please forgive us. We ask Your Protection. And Your help and mercy. In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.