Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Isaiah 43:1-7; Matthew 15:32-39
OR Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29; Exodus 16:2-15, 31-35; Matthew 15:32-39
Today I invite you to reflect with me on the Gospel passage from today's lectionary reading:
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
Matthew 15:32-39 (NIV)
29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.
I could only imagine the disciples saying in their minds, "Here we go again!" Jesus had already fed 5,000 men (plus women and children) in their time together. We see that in the previous chapter of Matthew 14:13-21, and it is recorded in the rest of the gospels as well, (Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17; and John 6:1-13). This time, instead of the disciples asking Jesus to send the people away, they just ask where they could get enough food to feed such a crowd.
Didn't they remember what Jesus had already done in the previous chapter? I don't know what the time span was in between these two chapters, but you would think that the miracle was great enough to remember without the disciples having to ask Jesus the question they did.
And that makes me ask why I ever wonder how God can work in a present situation when I have seen God work miracles in the past. I am so quick to forget the mighty hand of the Lord and how He is able to deliver or else I doubt that God will do it again.
What about you and the problem you are facing right now? Have you forgotten how God has helped you in the past? Do you doubt whether Jesus will intervene for this problem?
I have good news for you. Not only does Jesus have the power to work a miracle again, He cares. We read in verse 32 that Jesus had compassion for the people. You are included in that compassion. When God works a miracle it affects more than just one person. In this case it fed 4,000 men plus all the women and children that were there PLUS the disciples!
Jesus cares about your need and not only does He have to power to provide for you but He wants to bless others around you as He meets your need.
Remember what Jesus has done for you in the past. Believe He has the power to work miracles today. Trust Him to intervene in your present problem and watch Him do something that will not only provide for you but touch other people's lives as well!