It was too foreign for them to understand.
Reference: But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it. (Luke 9:45 NIV)
Explore: On a recent overseas trip for work we took some people who had never been to this particular country before. We ran our standard pre-trip training explaining the culture, currency and what they could expect.
While the group were very attentive to our training, I could see they did not fully understand what the trip would be like. However, once we flew 20 hours and landed in a country with a different language, different climate and different culture, the team was very quick to learn and be attentive to what we said.
It wasn’t until we were flying home again at the end of the trip that I repeated some of our pre-trip training to the group and they laughed and said they understood what it meant now!
Application: Sometimes we have to see it to believe it. It was the same when Jesus spoke about his impending death.
A number of times He tried to explain to His disciples what was going to happen, but they just didn’t get it. It was too foreign for them to understand.
It’s a good reminder for me not to be too arrogant in what I do. I need to listen to other people, especially those who are wiser and older than me, who may have some greater knowledge to what I have.
Sure, I may not fully understand things until I go through them myself, but maybe I can be open to what others have to teach me.
Prayer: Lord, reduce my stubbornness and thinking that I know it all. May I heed the wisdom offered to me by others. Amen.
Who are the wise people in your world that you need to listen to?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.