March 01, 2018: SOAP #3010: Numbers 28-29; Mark 8 Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 8:1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 […]

March 01, 2018: SOAP #3010: Numbers 28-29; Mark 8

Scripture:  Mark (NIV) 8:1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

Observation:    From the context we gather the facts.   There were 4,000 people present.   They had already consumed the food that had been available.   There was no more food available except seven loaves and a few fish.

Jesus took the loaves, blest them and broke them, then gave them to the disciples to distribute.   After everyone was satisfied, they gathered seven basketfuls of leftovers!

The people had made His words their priority; Jesus made their need His priority!   This was a real-life example of Matthew 6:31-33!

Application:   Matthew (NIV) 6:31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Prayer:     Lord, when I make hearing and doing your Words my priority, you make my needs your priority!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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