Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mark 6: 30-44 (NKJV)

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.” 37But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” 38But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. 41And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42So they all ate and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

The feeding of the five thousand men was a miracle of divine provision and multiplication. The multitudes gathered around Jesus and his disciples in a solitary place. On seeing them, Jesus was moved with compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep without a shepherd are usually exposed to danger, lack of guidance and hunger, and can easily stray. Likewise, lives without Jesus the good shepherd, are vulnerable to many dangers.

Jesus the good and chief shepherd responded to the crowd by teaching them. Leaders in any capacity should equally devote time, like Jesus, for their members to imbibe kingdom values. When the day was over, the disciples faced a big challenge of feeding the hungry multitude. With five loaves of bread and two fish left, it became an impossible task for them, but not for Jesus, who is Lord over all situations.

Consider what Jesus did in verse 41. He first of all looked up to heaven. This shows that answers to difficult situations can only come from heaven. With God in control, five thousand men were fed and twelve baskets were gathered as leftover.

 Beloved, Jesus is still our good and chief shepherd, hence when we look up to heaven for every situation, we shall not want.

PRAYER: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.