Training with the Twelve
Week 10 Chapter 9
The Galilean Crisis, PART II
In reading the Scripture on the feeling of the 5,000, we see that both the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), as well as the Gospel of John, deal with this miracle, a fact that alludes to its importance.
This miracle, as we said, has little practical meaning, but it has a great spiritual meaning that touches the hearts of all people, including believers today.
IN 2Peter 1: 1- 11 we are told:
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to F3 his own glory and excellence, F4 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, F5 and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities F6 are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, F7 be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter tells us here that we have a responsibility. He tells us that we have ALREADY been given everything we need for life and godliness. We do not need to seek for more. What we do need is self-discipline. We need to get busy, grow up, and get on with the Father’s business. For believers, doing this should be of the utmost importance. We should always be aware that it’s our deceitful hearts, and not a lack of information that causes us to seek only food. God has provided the bread. We should not be seeking for more, we are not starving, we are sinful.
We should not be putting our appetites and curiosities ahead of our allegiance to Christ; but that is exactly what we do, isn’t it? We are more concerned with our bellies than our brains. We “fill ourselves” with God’s Word, and just get fatter, like a glutton. We’re not consuming His word to go out and give it to others, we hoard it for ourselves, growing fatter and fatter and fatter. We are not looking to be better stewards, just better Pharisees. We want, just like the 5,000, to be filled and self-righteous. The only thing that grows is our egos. No! You say, I just want to feel good about God! I just want to know that He loves ME! I want to know that He is a good God. Well, isn’t that the same thing? Didn’t the 5,000 want to see a good Jesus, who would give them what they wanted with no responsibility?
How does your life count for Christ? When He calls you to go, what does that mean? Does it mean go to another Bible study or small group where you can hang out with your friends; or does it mean to go, with what you have already been given, to minister to others out of your LOVE for Christ? Where’s your heart? Why are you following Jesus? See Ya Next Time!