They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith. KJV
That is the only way to describe the ones whom Jesus chose.
It is evident in the different gospel accounts that the Master reached a frustration point with these guys more than once. This was not one of those times, however.
He knew He was at the end of His time with them, and that they had come as far as He was going to take them in His earthly ministry. His compassion for their thick-headedness was stirred as He promised to supply them with the help they would need.
Thank God we have been given the help we need.
I, too, am like one of those disciples. Oftentimes, I cannot tell what he saith.
I find myself in a certain situation, and I wonder, “What is this about?” I cannot tell what he saith.
I find myself reading a passage of the Bible, and I wonder, “What is this about?” I cannot tell what he saith.
I’m sure there are times when the Lord has reached a frustration point with me and said, “How long shall I be with you?” (Matt. 17:17)
Thankfully, His compassion is greater than His frustration; and I am once again shown how human I’ve been.
Yes, I can be quite dense at times. But the Comforter who has been sent, guides me (ever again) into the truth of who I am in Him. Then, I am able to see His great love and patience.
With what He does for me, why am I so slow to offer the same to others?
NOTE: There are others who have also written from John 17 this week. Drop by to hear “What the Spirit is saying to the church.” (Rev. 3:22)