Re: Verse reading–Mark 9:14-29 (day one)
One of the men in my circle said this week that the verse that spoke to him the most was Mark 7:18, “Are you so dull?”
We don’t usually imagine Jesus being frustrated with His disciples (or with us). But, there it was, a comment from Christ that suggests the opposite.
In Mark 9, Jesus says something similar. “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long will I put up with you?”–v 19.
Probably we don’t see our lives with the same urgency that Christ does. We assume we have a long time. He doesn’t! He knows the time is short. To be honest, we probably are much slower in our responses and progress than He desires. Could I learn faster/better if I paid better attention? Yes.
It’s a sad image. Motivating. A facepalm in heaven–the faithful (and frustrated) Lord saying to his slow children, “Why are you so dull?”