Even Jesus got frustrated sometimes. In the passage below, Jesus is tired of being tested by the Pharisees who are constantly trying to catch him out. Jesus is at a low ebb and he appears to vent his frustrations on his disciples as they worry about what Jesus means when he speaks of the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod.
It can be very frustrating when your friends or your family seem to misunderstand you. Sometimes they appear not to remember anything you have been saying or they seem to fail to see the effort you are making. The message of love that Jesus was preaching is really very simple. But very often we over complicate it and we end up lost and frightened and unable to see the wood for the trees!
Mark 8:11-21 NLT
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came and started to argue with him. Testing him, they demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.
When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.” So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake. But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”
At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”
“Twelve,” they said.
“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
“Seven,” they said.
“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
I’m sure we can all relate to both sides. There have been times when those we care about seem unable to see the message of love we are trying to share. And also we have felt lost and confused when someone we love vents their frustrations at us. My goal and my prayer is that which ever side of this story most matches where I am today, I will be able to take a little time to imagine where the other person or people might be. I pray that in trying to see the other persons difficulty I might find it easier to let go of my own frustration.
Leviticus 19:1-20:21, Mark 8:11-38, Psalms 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17