Jesus feeds 5,000 men. This miracle is found in all the gospels.
Barley bread was the “cheap” food of the common people.
Small fish – sardine size.
5,000 were fed with one brown-bag-lunch.
vss. 5,6. The test. “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ Philip answered Him, ‘Two hundred denarius worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’ “
vs. 6. Jesus wanted to know where.
vs. 7. Philip answered with how much.
Jesus and Philip: Two different levels. Philip had a slide rule mind. He looked at the cash flow. He saw the size of the problem but was blind to the size of God.
vs. 8. “One of His Disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’ ”
Andrew was easily shot down with the prospect of the odds going against him.
LORD! Give me a spiritual eye. The True Bread was JESUS.
vs. 25. The people showed much zeal and outward respect, but it was blind and selfish. Jesus with His reply showed He set no store in it.
vs. 26. Jesus read their hearts. They made like they were fond of Him – probably were. Jesus knew far grosser affections ruled their lives and He told them so – – TO THEIR FACE!!
vs. 29. The most God-like work – – the greatest – the most acceptable is that we believe – that I believe – that YOU believe!!!!
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Faith: No one has it but those in whom God Himself has placed it. Faith is not something I get. I already have it.
Faith and Believing are two different things. I can have all the faith in the world but until it is put into action, it is useless! James 2:17 reads:“Thus, also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
FAITH~~~~~~~~~~Knowing how to do something.
BELIEVING~~~~~~Actually doing it.
Point of Contact. Prayer of faith. A letter. Communion. It can be anything that helps me turn loose of all doubt, unbelief, and release my faith to God, as per Romans 12:3 reads. “For I say, (Paul is writing here) through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more high than he ought to think, but to think soberly as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is God teaching you right now?????????
You are teaching me so much these days, Lord. Thank You! Forgive me for not following through. Help thou my unbelief!
(Just a reminder of a previous Study of Dr. Adrian Rogers. He gave us a “Key concept to grasp”. Here it is again.)
“Believing the Word of God is mental. Faith is actual. The difference between belief and faith is that faith is belief with legs on it. Belief is knowing the Word of God. Faith is knowing the God of that Word.”