Matthew 16:11 (KJV)
How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
This verse is introduced by,
Matthew 16:7-10 (KJV)
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
In other words, they had been given this lesson several times. Jesus had taught the lesson, reinforced it with a miracle, and then reinforced it again with a second, similar lesson.
How is it they did not understand?
Rather than seeing this as a rebuke, it would be better to view it as a lesson in human nature. We are full of hearing and slow in learning. It takes repeated exposure to the truth before we get hold of it. Even then, we may not keep hold of it long the first or second time.
This life is a series of lessons in spiritual growth. It’s a classroom. Some, of course, try to skip class or pay no attention while in the classroom.
The wisest of us keep in mind how much we don’t know. We keep our eyes and ears open, trying to pick up some grain of truth that we take to carry farther down the road, to the next lesson.
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