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Thought for the Day – 130

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Preached during the morning service on 29 July 2020 by .

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DAY 130

John 6:9 — ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small
fish, but what are they among so many?’

Recommended reading: Matthew 14:14-22

Last week we held our monthly prayer meeting for the persecuted church. We
were shown brief clips of the challenges our brothers and sisters face in many
countries throughout the world.
One particular clip showed the meagre amount of food some families were
receiving that had to last a number of days. As we prayed for God to multiply
that amount, my thoughts went to one of our Lord’s miracles: the feeding of
the five thousand. I want to consider that miracle this morning – the only one
recorded in all four Gospels.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is able to meet the needs of all people. But how?

1. There must be an appreciation of the problem.

As this story commences (Matthew 14:14), there are significant problems to be
faced. Our Lord appreciated them as did the disciples.
(a) Verse 15 tells us it was a deserted place, far from the villages where food
could be obtained. It was also late in the day and many who came to hear Jesus
were far from home.
(b) Verse 21 tells us that there was a hungry multitude. Over five thousand men
were present, besides women and children.
(c) We are told in verse 17 that they had only five loaves and two fish.
In John’s account, in chapter 6:9, Andrew notices a lad who had brought his own
packed lunch with him, consisting of five barley loaves and two small fish. The
lad may have been reluctant at first to part with his meal as he too was hungry.
After all, why didn’t people bring their own if they were going to stay so long?
In this story, the disciples could only see the physical hunger of the people. They
could only see the problems before them.
Jesus, however, saw beyond the difficulties: He saw their spiritual hunger. They
not only needed food to satisfy their bodily needs; they needed spiritual food to
meet their hungry souls. Jesus saw these people as sheep without a shepherd.
They were lost and facing great spiritual danger.
As we look across this country of ours, do we also see people as sheep in need
of a shepherd? Do we see the spiritual hunger in our own towns and villages?
Problems cannot be ignored; they will not just disappear like a cloud. Problems
must be faced.

2. We must be prepared to meet the demands which Christ puts upon us.

(a) Christ demands investigation. What have they got? The answer is empty
What have we got? ‘We have only five loaves and two fish’ (v.17).

(b) Christ demands co-operation.

Verse 18 says, ‘Bring them here to Me.’ When
Jesus had the inadequate, He made them adequate.
After Jesus had given thanks, the disciples distributed what Jesus had given to
them (v.19).
Verse 16 says, ‘You give them something to eat.’ Jesus was not doing this by
Himself, He wanted co-operation from His disciples.
When the meal had concluded, the disciples collected the twelve baskets of
fragments that remained.
Just imagine that lad’s face when he arrived home and told his family all that had
happened with his packed lunch. This was a day never to be forgotten.
What a privilege it is for us also to work together with our Lord. No task should
be too menial for us to do for Him.
What Jesus asks of his disciples, He also asks of us. He desires that we become
willing to work with Him in feeding needy souls.
A train accident left many people seriously injured. A call went out for a doctor
who might be on the train. A doctor was located, but as he took off his jacket he
began to cry and said, ‘If only I had my instruments!’
Is God saying the same thing today?

We have a gospel to proclaim,
good news for all throughout the earth;
the gospel of a Saviour’s name:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

Tell of his birth at Bethlehem,
not in a royal house or hall
but in a stable dark and dim:
the Word made flesh, a light for all.

Tell of his death at Calvary,
hated by those he came to save;
in lonely suffering on the cross
for all he loved, his life he gave.

Tell of that glorious Easter morn:
empty the tomb, for he was free;
he broke the power of death and hell
that we might share his victory.

Tell of his reign at God’s right hand
by all creation glorified;
he sends his Spirit on his church
to live for him, the Lamb who died.

Now we rejoice to name him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth;
this gospel-message we proclaim:
we sing his glory, tell his worth.

Edward Burns
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