|I am your Host Christina Farris, Coming live from turtle30cshell. Today is November 11, 2016, and the message is entitled:Do You Need Jesus To Do It Again
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Mark 8:1-21 KJV
What we see in our world is often defined by many things. Being able to understand scripture and the meat within it, takes time. As Jesus feed the four thousand, that had not enough meat and bread between them in the wilderness where Jesus taught, he broke the bread and the fish to feed the crowd. It was to far to journey home, some would of grow faint with hunger. One has to ask why not just provide the strength instead of the food to return home. It is simple really once one got there they still had to cook. Everyone that works knows those tiring days of only wanting a chair and a footstool to prop one feet upon, not caring about supper meal. Thirty minutes and one is ready to go again, that is normal, it is the fatigue that kills a person if one can not regain it. There been no food for three days? Jesus knew the fatigue that came with fasting, he had fasted forty days in the wilderness, yet it was to far for many to walk home without a meal to give them strength for the journey. Fasting or a loss of meal in those days was not that big of a deal. One learn to perserve food for hard times, and pray for new crops and vegetation would grow. Meat was a main staple of food because it was easily raised and herded in open fields. Fish easily caught in nets and always seemed to be abundant supply. Though a crowd of five thousand was in a chapter or two back seems small to those that live in large populated areas, four thousand was huge to area with limited food source. It was like grasshoppers or locust coming through an area gobbling everything in sight. Will Jesus had a locust field of people hungry needing food. Jesus began to break the bread and the fish with limited physical resources. Yet as Jesus broke the bread it multiplied. It grew to increase for the needs of the crowd. A miracle was performed before the huge crowd. This would be the only evidence Jesus would give to this crowd.
(1) In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
(2) I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
(3) And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
(4) And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
(5) And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
(6) 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.
(7) And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
(8) So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
(9) And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
(10) And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
(11) And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
(12) And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
(13) And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
(14) Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
(15) And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
(16) And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
(17) And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
(18) Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
(19) When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
(20) And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
(21) And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Jesus gets in a ship with his disciples, only to go to a place that the Pharisees demanded a sign. They wanted evidence and Jesus' response was to get back in the ship and speak of not allowing the leaven of the Pharisees to corrupt one's thoughts to the disciples. The disciples said why did He say this. Then one spoke up as if a light bulb went off and said it because we only have one loaf of bread among us. They had come unprepared yet knowing they could be gone for a little while. Had they thought Jesus would do another miracle when they were able to provide for themselves. Why asked someone to do something you could do yourself? God is not pleased by this, He desires us to do things ourselves, and allow the miracles for time of need. How often we find ourselves standing in the need of prayer, for things that one desires and not for the things one can provide for themselves. Our prayers need to be to bless the fruit of our labor, and to bless us. It needs to be to heal our hearts and soul. To heal our neighbor of their sorrow. Can we give a hand extended. Can we provide by our own means to help others. There are times for miracles but not all the time. There time of feasting but it should not be every day. There should be time to run and not grow weary by the strength of the Lord, but there is also time of rest. Each of us must learn when our time of ministrying is over and when it just begun. The miracles God provides during ministry is truly divine for evidence of His power to turn the hearts of the people to Him, but it not for magic act or for money. Remember God's miracles are to lead and draw people to Him, so people know His presence, not for fithly money or to prove who child you are. God seals you with a mark only He can see for a purpose. He uses that seal to protect us, but not to magnify that we are His child to the world. The world does not understand until they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.