This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
… Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? (Mark 8:17)
In Mark 8, we have a common theme running through the chapter: Misunderstanding. It seems that the disciples were often misunderstanding what Jesus was saying or doing. When He warned them about the teaching of the Pharisees (v.15), they thought He was saying something about bread. Later, Jesus’ healing of a blind man would be an illustration of how the disciples didn’t quite get things right the first time. The first time Jesus touched the blind man, he didn’t “see” things clearly. It took a “second touch” before he could see right (v.25). When Jesus asked the disciples who they thought He was, Peter did get the correct answer, “You are the Christ” (v.29). Yet soon afterwards Peter is rebuking Jesus for saying that He was going to be crucified (v.32). Wrong! Jesus corrected Peter’s theology and said that everyone who follows Jesus needs to learn to take up their cross.
It’s not a bad idea to check with others when you are wondering what God is trying to do or say. It’s not necessarily the end of the world if we misunderstand Jesus the first time. We are after all just human like the disciples. Yet it is foolish to think that we don’t need others to challenge our incorrect thinking from time to time. Stay connected with others. Share your ideas. Be open to correction.