In this post, I’m sharing some insight about the feeding of the five thousand. If you’re called to work in the kingdom, this is for you.
In this post, I’m sharing how the feeding of the five thousand relates to you. I’m sharing part testimony and part revelation about this particular passage of Scripture.
Go with me to Mark 6:34 and we’re going to look at some insight on feeding the 5K and how it relates to you.
You know how sometimes when we come across a familiar passage of Scripture, we respond like, “I know the story; I know how it ends.”
But that kind of response makes you gloss over any revelation God might want to give you. So we need to keep our ears and eyes opened to what God has for us. Okay, so let’s dive in or feel free to watch the video instead!
Learn from the Feeding of the 5 Thousand to See a Miracle
34 Jesus came out, saw a great multitude, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 When it was late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “This place is deserted, and it is late in the day. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.”
Now stop right there a moment. They’re in a desert place, it’s late, and the people need to eat. So the disciples came to Jesus and said to send them away so they can go buy some food to eat.
Jesus says, “You give them something to eat.” That line jumped at me. I mean, how many times do I pray and ask God to do something about the problem? But Jesus told them, “You do it.”
37 They asked him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”
The disciples responded like us humans so often do and were like, “What? Should we go spend $200 denari on bread to feed them?”
No, Jesus wanted them to look to God — actually, He wanted them to BELIEVE in God to provide.
So He showed them by example what to do.
1 – See What You Have
38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.” When they knew, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Jesus instructed them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.”
What do you already have? Go see. Do an inventory. Get the numbers. Be specific.
Now this might apply to ministry, business, how you train your kids, whatever God is speaking to you to do to help people.
For me, it applies to my business. I’ve never done an inventory of all the things I have set aside over the years to use when God said to use it. I’ve got partially written Bible studies, devotionals, a bunch of drafts, some resources I created, etc.
So go see what you have. You might have a skill, knowledge, stuff you make, lessons learned, whatever. We all have talents and gifts to use for the kingdom.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.”
God’s saying today to “stir up the gift within you” (2 Timothy 1:6).
2 – Prepare Your People
39 He commanded them that everyone should sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
Alright, so the second thing to do is get the people you’re helping into manageable groups. Get them to sit — in other words, get them ready to receive.
Who are you helping (or called to help)? God will show you how to prepare your people.
3 – “Bless” it This Way
41 He took the five loaves and the two fish; and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke the loaves, and he gave to his disciples to set before them, and he divided the two fish among them all.
The third action is to take what you have, look to God, and BLESS it before dividing it up to give to the group.
Now we know what it means to bless something. Right? Don’t we bless the food before we eat? Well, you know how some words have two different meanings? Guess what? BLESS in this instance doesn’t mean the kind of bless we’re used to.
I looked this up. In the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it means “to praise, to celebrate with praises.” Wow, right?
Jesus didn’t need “to ask God’s blessing on a thing” because He KNEW the miracle was provided for!
42 They all ate and were filled. 43 They took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and also of the fish. 44 Those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
So we follow His example from this story of the feeding of the five thousand and watch God bring miracles to what we’re doing for the kingdom!
Blindsided by Doubt
Now when I received this revelation, I got so excited! Because I know God is going to do a miracle for me. But you want to know what happened next?
I got hit with doubt! I kept telling God, “I’m just not seeing it God! How is this going to happen?” But it’s a faith walk, right?
We are to walk by faith and not by sight. So I kept telling God, I just need faith! Why don’t I have faith, Lord? Why is this getting so hard to believe You for?
The answer came to me a bit later when I was reading in Mark 10 about blind Bartimaeus:
49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him. “They called the blind man, saying to him, “Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!” 50 He, casting away his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51 Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has made you well.”Here’s some insight about the feeding of the five thousand. If you’re called to work in the kingdom, this is for you. #LiveYielded #ThrivingInChrist Click To Tweet
The Fix for Doubt
Well, I kept thinking about this story. Sometimes we receive revelation from meditating on what we’ve read. Now granted, I am not blind. But in a different sense, I kept telling God, I’m not seeing it!
So Blind Bart wouldn’t hush up, right? He kept crying out for Jesus to have mercy on him.
Then Jesus tells the disciples to call him. Hasn’t Jesus called you to work in the kingdom?
Friend, blind Bartimaeus came to Jesus, and what I was getting from this was that Bartimaeus had faith because he went to Jesus! That’s all you gotta do, is go to Jesus. Keep asking:
I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. Luke 11:9
So in the meantime, I’m beginning to SEE what God wants me to see before my miracle is manifest.
The Feeding of the 5 Thousand Insight Recap
Alright, to recap three actions to take to see a miracle in your calling:
- See what you have
- Get the people into groups/ready to receive
- Bless it → meaning to celebrate with praises
Doubt may try to keep you from moving forward with what God wants you to do, but just keep going to God in prayer. He will always come through for you.
I hope this helped you today. I can’t wait to see what God will do with you!
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