We say we trust that the Lord will provide, but do we really trust Him to do the hard and impossible thing?
Do we trust Him when the checkbook balance is at a negative?
Do we trust Him when we are at the grocery store and the total keeps climbing?
Do we trust Him to provide college tuition?
Do we trust him with those unexpected medical bills?
Our trust list can go on and on –
Let’s take a look as to how our Jesus rolls when it comes to providing –
Feeding the Five Thousand
John 6 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tibe′ri-as. 2 And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
Jesus and Philip are looking out over a multitude of people. Five thousand men, plus their wives, and all of their children. We could roughly say that this crowd was 20,000 strong.
Jesus does not come out with His plan, He simply poses a question – a test of sorts, for Philip.
Philip, how are we going to buy enough bread for all of these people to eat?
6 This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
Two hundred denarii equaled about 8 months wages and even that would have only filled there bellies ‘ a little’.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?”
Then we have Andrew’s bright idea, take a lunch from a child. Even in saying the words, Andrew knew that this little lunch wouldn’t make a dent. We never hear from the lad but was he saying, Hey that’s my lunch!
Jesus goes to work…
10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”
I see a few Jesus principals here:
- Jesus gave thanks
- Jesus wasted nothing
I see a miracle:
The people ate as much as they wanted and were filled and satisfied. Oh how I would have love to have been the mama that packed that lunch.
13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.14 When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
Jesus Took Little and Made it Much
Look at the abundance even in the leftovers:
- Twelve full baskets of bread (with fragments from the original 5 loaves)
Instantly everyone was Jesus biggest fan. Amazing how when our need is satisfied our faith soars, but it can fade just as quickly.
Jesus did the hard and impossible thing, He fed 20,000 people as He multiplied five loaves of barley bread and two pickled fish.
Don’t you think He can work in the impossible situations in our lives, if we ask Him?
If We Will Only Believe
For more on the Bread from Heaven you can listen here Loved Lesson 9 BREAD