Our brains require repeated exposure to information. As neural pathways are stimulated over and over by the same ideas, the concepts become part of us. In today’s passage, Jesus performs a miracle similar to what we saw in chapter 6. Before we jump all over the disciples for not remembering what Jesus had done when he fed the 5000, how often do we forget God’s faithfulness and provision in our lives.
We have already seen Jesus change the Jewish perception of purity boundaries and social barriers. He models it again here. The last feeding took place in Jewish territory, and they had been with Jesus for one day. This feeding is in Gentile land, and they had been listening to Jesus for THREE DAYS! Jesus’ teaching must have been the truth, and it had power! Add to that the request of the Gentile woman in 7:28 (which is answered here), and you see Jesus continuing to expand on the idea that all are welcome in Jesus’ Kingdom.
Jesus cares, provides, and satisfies.
Remembering what we have seen our Lord do in the past should help us trust Him in the present.