What Does It Mean To Have a Hard Heart?
“For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Mark 6:52
This verse grabbed my attention because of its context. We read about the disciples struggling at sea, getting scared when they see Jesus walking on the water and then jaws dropping when they realize it’s Jesus. Then all of a sudden verse 52 reads: “For they had not understood about the loaves…”
When I read that I had to stop and read it again because it seemed out of place.
So I have two questions:
- 1. What does the miracle about the loaves have to do with the storm?
2. Why were their hearts hard?
Jesus said that they did not understand about the loaves because their hearts were hard. But what did they not understand? Was the feeding of the five thousand training ground for the miraculous? Was Jesus implying that they could have stood up and spoke to the storm instead of rowing in fear? I don’t know.
As I read this I also feel like I don’t understand (and I even have the luxury of the written word to study). I’ve heard other preachers teach on this but I want to understand it myself.
I’m concerned that too much of what I believe is only head knowledge. While I’m grateful for other people’s teachings and interpretation of scripture, I believe I must begin to learn more lessons directly from the Holy Spirit.
I want a soft heart towards God as I bet you do too. But what does it mean to have a soft or a hard heart? I believe this would be a great lesson for all of us to learn. Lord, give us soft hearts so we may grow in understanding!