Mathew 14:14-15(Feeding of the 5000)
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.(Holy Bible V.)
This has to be one of my greatest stories in the Bible. To every story or scripture I get to read, I get to learn or get to have a deeper meaning on how it is applicable to my life or our lives as Christians.
The persons in this story can be arranged into three: the multitude, the disciples, the Lord himself.
As for the multitude, they are merely presented to us
(1) as the objects of his compassion;
(2) as the objects of his bounty.
They come to hear and to be fed; to give Jesus an opportunity of showing his love and fullness; they come not to minister, but to be ministered to, by the Lord.
As for the disciples, they were of little service here. The Lord would have used them, but they would not be used. Look at their response to the then presented need for hunger satisfaction:
“Send the multitude away”
How?? How are they to be sent away yet they were standing with the giver of everything??
It is this that brings out the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and draws us to him as the great provider for our wants, the great feeder of soul and body; and as is the Son, so is the Father; and he that has therefore seen and known the Son, has seen and known the Father.
Before the Lord does anything himself, he goes to them(disciples) giving them an opportunity to assist or provide but it is here that we get to see their emptiness and inability to do anything about the issue. Their response is just outright shocking and human nature! It did not occur to them that they had among them the Bountiful Master!
They were slow of heart to believe. Had it been a blind man brought for cure, they would have done this. But the feeding of five thousand was such an enormous miracle, that they never thought of this; and, besides, they had not yet exhausted human help, they were not yet at a point of extremity, for there were villages a few miles off.
They do not apply to Him till they can do no better; He is the last, not the first, to whom they go.
Their remedy is quite characteristic, quite like man: “send them away that they may buy.” But this brings out the Lord and his mode of meeting human wants all the more wonderfully. Such is the contrast between the disciples and the Lord, between man and God, between the heart, the thoughts, the ways of man, and those of God.
Isaiah 55:8-9… For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
This is Gods’ way of relieving man, however the disciples answer is how men relieve themselves instead of relieving ourselves at the spot, at the hands of Jesus.
We are to remember that’s Gods blessings are:
He gives liberally. His stores are plentiful. It does not matter what the greatness of our need may be, or the number of the needy, He has enough, and He pours out liberally. He fills us; there is enough, and to spare.
It is the Divine hand stretched out to give. We get all from himself, from his fullness, from his love. It is with Him we are to deal, and in dealing let us trust.
let our transactions be ever those of simple child-like confidence.😍😍😍😍