Feeding the Four Thousand: Mark 8:4-12
“4) And His disciples answered Him, “Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 5) And He was asking them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” 6) And He *directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people. 7) They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. 8) And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. 9) About four thousand were there; and He sent them away. 10) And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of Dalmanutha.” Mark‬ ‭8‬:‭4‬-‭10‬
There are times God responds to needs without being asked. In this story, they were attracted to Jesus by His teaching and healing ministry. After lingering for three days, Jesus perceived the need for food without being asked.
This story underlines the fact that God knows our needs and promises to take care of us. Jesus took inventory of supplies on hand and took the seven loaves and two fish and fed the multitude.
This is an illustration of grace. God does many things for us that we do not realize or even recognize. It most often comes in the area’s of provision and protection. He gives us life and breath and our next heartbeat.
If we could see the spiritual realm, we would be shocked by the activity of guarding angels protecting us from unseen dangers and providing for us in ways we take for granted. (See Hebrews 1:14) God is always on duty.
In this story, Jesus blessed the people with an unsolicited provision. It wasn’t based on their faith, it was based on the overflow of His goodness. But it was both tangible and obvious.
There is an old hymn that says; “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” Our blessing are many! Grace abounds daily.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global
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