“Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked.
(Matthew 15:16 NLT)
The disciples were slow learners, and oftentimes, I am too. God allows me to go through something and I still don’t seem to understand the reason behind it. But like the disciples, I’m not afraid to ask for an explanation and true to His character, God graciously provides an answer. When Jesus spoke about that which defiles (Matthew 15:11), Peter didn’t shy away from asking for an explanation of the parable (v.15). The disciples, who walked for a long time with Jesus, didn’t always understand His words or actions, but that didn’t stop them from trying to understand. And I’m so grateful that Jesus’ answer in today’s passage didn’t stop at the reprimand, “Don’t you understand yet?” He went on to explain the parable (vv.17-20). So “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus still asks today. Perhaps not, but He will help us understand if we will let Him.
Slow learners are still welcome in the Teacher’s classroom.