Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mark 6:30-44

By Lia VanKlink

The events recorded here are commonly known as “The feeding of the five thousand,” though Matthew states that there were about five thousand men besides women and children, so quite a huge crowd.

Let's look at the wonderful truths this miracle teaches us.

First of all Jesus' diciples had just returned from a 'ministry trip' full of excitement of all that they had done, and what they had taught, v30. However, they were weary and hungry, so Jesus called for time out, v31.

They departed for a desert place . When they got there the crowds were already waiting for them. Because of His great compassion Jesus ministered to them until late in the day. The disciples asked Jesus to send them away to go and buy themselves bread as they had nothing to eat. Notice what Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” What, us,? the disciples questioned, v37. There is no way we can do as you ask, we do not have the ability or the resources.

Isn't it interesting how Jesus sets things up to challenge and stretch our faith. The disciples had already seen wonderful miracles as they had ministered to the people. But this was something quite different. So, Jesus helps them along. “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five and two fish ...but what are they among so many.”

The people were seated in groups of fifty and hundred. Jesus looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the bread and the fish and gave to His disciples to distribute. When did the miracle of multiplication take place? Was it in Jesus' hands? I don't think so. Jesus had said, “ You give them to eat.” Just imagine for a moment, the disciples standing there, each with a portion of bread and fish in their hands. Were they going to step out in faith, or hold back in fear.

We've read the end of the story. This huge crowd, weary and hungry, was miraculously fed, and twelve baskets full of bread and fish were left over. Just a thought – one basket for each of the disciples after all their hard work?

So, what has the Lord placed in your hands, today? Are you willing to look beyond your seemingly insignificant spiritual and/or natural resources to bless those around you? Will you allow Him to stretch your faith? You will enter miracle territory! And the more you give out, the more your own arms will be full. Freely you have received, freely give.

I was reminded of a little chorus we used to sing many years ago:

Oh, to be His hands extended,

Reaching out to the oppressed.

Let me touch Him,

Let me touch Jesus,

So that others may know and be blessed.

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