Saturday 25 August, 2018

Matthew 15:29-39

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

Two parts of this passage. Firstly, in verse 30, the people brought the unwell and sick to the feet of Jesus, and trusted Jesus to do something. For me, this strikes me as a beautiful picture of surrender and trust. I feel Jesus calling me to keep it simple – just come to my feet, and trust me for whatever troubles and sicknesses you face. Jesus doesn’t turn these precious lives away, but works His loving power. Likewise, for those I care about, followers of Jesus or otherwise, am I bringing them to the feet of Jesus in trust and surrender? Jesus doesn’t need more, to work His loving power in their lives.

The second part, is where Jesus says, “I am unwilling to send them (the crowd) away hungry.” The interesting thing to me is, He’s in conversation with His disciples. Makes me wonder – how much need in this world is Jesus willing to shift if he’s got a disciple or group of disciples listening to Him? And more than that, a group of disciples willing to enter into the conversation and the necessary steps to be part of His miracle working solutions? Jesus, I feel you calling me to be such a disciple. I’m listening. Lord, may we as a church be as well!!!

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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