MUSINGS – March 13, 2019

Matthew 14:15-21 In the evening the disciples came to him. They said, “No one lives around here, and it’s already late. Send the crowds to the villages to buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat.” They told him, “All we have here are five loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus said, “Bring them to me.” Then he ordered the people to sit down on the grass. After he took the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed the food. He broke the loaves apart, gave them to the disciples, and they gave them to the people. All of them ate as much as they wanted. When they picked up the leftover pieces, they filled twelve baskets. About five thousand men had eaten. (This number does not include the women and children who had eaten.)
Jesus’s whole ministry was based on one simple guiding principle: see the need, meet the need. He was servant to all.  If Matthew’s account is chronological in order, then Jesus hasn’t yet told the disciples, “Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be most important among you will be your slave.” (Matthew 20:26-28) Wether he had told them,or not, he had demonstrated this idea to them repeatedly. However, it appears they haven’t learned to fully apply it yet.

The disciples saw the need, it was late and people were hungry. However, their solution was to, “Send the crowds to the villages to buy food for themselves.” That was a reasonable response, as the world understands it. However, Jesus was trying to teach them to think Kingdom of Heaven thoughts rather than worldly thoughts.

Imagine the conversation.
He said to them, Feed them.
We can’t, there is just some fish and bread, it’s not enough, said the disciples.
It is enough, feed them, Jesus replied.
Well, we will give them what we’ve got, but out won’t be enough.
Feed them and gather up all the leftovers.
Leftovers? There’s not enough to go around there can’t be angry leftovers.
You feed them.

Quite often Jesus asks his followers to do what can’t be done. Just so he can demonstrate the power of God. Remember that the next time he says, “You feed them. You rescue them. You clothe them. You shelter them. You comfort them. You …

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