Jesus Feeds and Leads You
A multitude surrounded Jesus on the southeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. He’d fed them spiritual food for three days, but now they were hungry. That stirred Jesus’ compassion. He cares about both your physical and spiritual needs.
The disciples recognized the hunger problem but couldn’t solve it. They’d already witnessed Jesus feed 5,000 men plus women and children. Perhaps they had spiritual amnesia. That’s when you forget God’s past faithfulness and fuss, fidget, and worry about everything. It’s easy to fault the disciples for their lack of faith but we’re often like them. How can remembering God’s past faithfulness drain tension and stress from your life?
Jesus ordered the crowd to be seated. He gave thanks for seven small loaves and a few fish. Then He gave them to the disciples to distribute to the multitude. The people ate and were satisfied with seven large baskets of food as the leftovers. This illustrates Matthew 6:33 (NIV), “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Getting more things won’t make your life more satisfying. They can’t provide contentment. Jesus can meet your needs with leftovers to spare. How can believing this truth improve your emotional health?
Jesus didn’t feed the spiritually self-satisfied and proud (Mark 8:10-13). After feeding the 4,000, Jesus and the disciples crossed the lake to Dalmanutha. There the Pharisees asked for a miraculous sign from heaven. Jesus refused because a miraculous sign eliminates the way of faith. Seeing rarely precedes believing—and only for those who really want to believe (John 20:29).
The Pharisees were spiritually content. Are you? They compared themselves with others and pronounced themselves the spiritual cream of Judaism. Why is evaluating your spiritual health by comparing yourself with others dangerous?
After refusing to give a sign to the Pharisees, Jesus and His followers left the western shore of the lake by boat. In route, Jesus warned them about the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod (8:15). Yeast pictures the permeating power of evil. Both the Pharisees and Herod built systems of thought on the shaky foundation of corrupt human nature.
Jesus leads you after He opens your spiritual eyes. In Bethsaida people brought a blind man to Jesus. Jesus anointed his eyes and laid His hands upon him. He healed him in two phases. The unblinding of your spiritual eyes is as much a miracle as the healing of this blind man. Like him, you experience gradual rather than instant spiritual sight. How has your view of reality and truth changed since Jesus opened your spiritual eyes? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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