"I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.” (Mark 8:2 NASB)
Here we see crowds who have been following him around and listening to His teaching for 3 days. Hunger is setting in.
I have always wondered if this was the first stop for a meal, or if everybody came with 2 days food. Were they so amazed by Jesus and His teaching that they had not noticed until 3 days had passed that they were hungry?
In any case, Jesus feels compassion for these who have physical limitations, walking in flesh and living with natural needs.
Sometimes I think we expect of ourselves more than is humanly possible.
Have you ever tried to – oh – I don’t know – pray all night long and find yourself nodding off.
Or perhaps you have set out to fast only to find yourself nibbling on munchkins before noon.
You’re like – I can do this – but Jesus is thinking - let’s bring lunch in before they all faint.
He has compassion on our humanity. Like is says in Psalm 103, He knows our frame – that we are dust, like the grass we wither and fade.
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