Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Following a Child's Example

“How much bread do you have?” Jesus asked. “Go and find out.”
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (the complete story text follows the post)

Jesus instructs the disciples to evaluate their resources for feeding the crowd.

Can you imagine them pushing through the men and their families asking for food? Do you think everyone left home without a picnic lunch or small snack? Don’t you think those mothers had something in their pockets for the kiddos?

I believe they did but saw the size of the crowd and thought “What difference can this little bit make?” Even Andrew deemed the boy’s meager lunch insufficient for the task.

Have you asked the same question in the face of a large problem like hunger, homelessness, human trafficking, or addiction? “What can I do that will have any impact?”

In a crowd of more than 5,000 only a young boy offered his lunch. Don’t we love the child hero who is nonjudgmental, generous, and hopeful?

He didn’t compare the size of his lunch to the crowd but simply knew his food was needed. He contributed to the cause and probably assumed others would do the same. He didn’t try to solve the entire problem, just offered what he could and trusted for the rest.

Oh my friends, why don’t we approach the world like children? (tweet this)

We are often logical and cynical, not considering God, who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Eph 3:20)

Think big! God is mighty and powerful. (tweet this)

How can you improve your problem solving to include your access to the power of God?

#SeedsofScripture #Feeds5000 #miracle

I’ve been writing a series of posts about this story. Check them out starting with New Eyes on a Familiar Story.

Below is my version of Jesus Feeds Five Thousand combining accounts from
Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:5-15 (NLT)

Late that afternoon or evening the disciples came to him and said “…Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy food and find lodging for themselves.”

Turning to Philip, [Jesus] asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!

But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary – you feed them.”

“With what?” [the disciples] asked.

“How much bread do you have?” Jesus asked. “Go and find out.”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?

“Bring them here,” [Jesus] said. “Tell [the people] to sit down on the green, grassy slope in groups of about fifty each.” So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.

Then Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven and gave thanks to God. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. (The men alone, not including the women and children, numbered 5,000.)

And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

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