Here we see Jesus once again feeding a large crowd, this time a Gentile crowd. This passage challenges us to consider our own blindness to God, which can only be fixed by a changed heart.
This week we see Jesus heading into Gentile territory and showing grace to those who weren’t from a Jewish background. We are reminded to be grateful that God’s new covenant brings in all people from all nations into his Kingdom through faith in Jesus.
In this passage the Pharisees fail to see the true problem, and as a result their solution is inadequate. They think washing, tithing, and rule-keeping will help them, but it only serves to build their own self-righteousness.
As Jesus walks on water in the presence of his disciples, they are forced to continue to consider who Jesus is. We too must continue to consider who we really believe Jesus is.
As Jesus traveled there were many opinions about what people saw and how Jesus was doing what he was doing. We too must decide about whether we truly believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.