Matthew 15:29-39 (KJV) Mark 8:1-9 (KJV)
There are multiple miracles in this account in Matthew.
Jesus had come to a mountain, and great multitudes brought to Him, the lame, blind, dumb, maimed and many others.
He healed them.
Do you recognize a pattern? When the presence of Jesus is there, people in need will find Him.
Those who are whole, will bring, those in need.
I have had people bring friends, and ask me to lead them to the Lord. (A sad state, we can’t lead them to Him, ourselves).
We need be able to explain, repentance and forgiveness. Even if we do not know the address of said scriptures.
We need to know the Master, so He can work through us to save, heal and set free those in bondage to sin and death.
We need to be vessels of His love and grace.
Matthew 15:29-39 (KJV)
“And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:
Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
Do the multitudes wonder, (during our services), when they see the dumb speak, the maimed made whole, the lame to walk? Do they glorify God?
Of course not, it isn’t happening today. Why? Jesus isn’t allowed to mess up our order of service.
We do things man’s way… not the way of the Lord. We do not know how to “wait upon the Lord.” What is more, we do not want to.
Next is the feeding of the four thousand. We all know the story.
“Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.”
Points to ponder:
He has compassion on them. Often we see this phrase. Jesus has compassion on those who seek and follow Him.
Compassion: a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
The first mention of compassion in the Bible, was when Pharaoh’s daughter discovered Moses.
That compassion, changed the Hebrews path, from slaves, to saved.
Why, did Jesus, have compassion?
They had been with Him for three days, with nothing to eat.
When we are in the presence of God, all our needs physical, mental and spiritual are met.
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things, will be added unto thee.
Simple, we need to seek God. We need to learn to wait on Him. We need to trust, He will bless those who fear Him, who have a reverence for Him.
We know the rest of the story, He broke the bread and fed all.
When we leave that presence, we are responsible for ourselves.
We need to let Him break us, so that we can give of ourselves to meet the needs of others. He said, He would empower us, by giving us the Holy Spirit, to lead, guide, comfort and teach us.
Will we let Him? Will we accept all He has for us? Will we ask, to receive all He has for us?
I pray we will. Amen
Mark 8:1-9 (KJV)
“In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.”