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FOR FISHES AND LOAVES

October 30, 2021

Today I have a question for you, and it is, “Why are you serving God?” Are you serving Him because of His recent act of kindness toward you? Are you serving Him because you need something, or are you serving Him out of love for His presence and Word?

Matthew 14:13-23, Mark 6:30-46, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-15 all share the story of Jesus feeding 5000 men as well as women and children. Each of the authors shares a glimpse of this significant event showing the compassion that Jesus displayed for a multitude of people.

Let me summarize what happened. After hearing about the beheading of John the Baptist, Jesus withdrew from the people and went into the desert. When the people realized Jesus was missing, they searched for Him until He was found. Jesus stopped whatever He was doing and ministered the Word to the multitude and healed those that were sick.

Even though it was getting late in the day, the people did not leave, so the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people into the villages to get something to eat. Jesus responded to the disciples, “They need not depart: give ye them to eat” The disciples told Jesus, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes.” Jesus instructed them to bring the victuals to Him. First, Jesus had the people sit in the grass in groups, then he blessed the food and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. After everyone had eaten until they were filled, the disciples collected twelve baskets of fragments.  

On the following day, the people came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. Perceiving why they came, Jesus said to them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.” Jesus had fed all of the people, which was composed of men, women, and children. Yesterday, no one left the gathering hungry; in reality, the people were looking for Him because they wanted a free meal.

Many of us are guilty of the same actions of the crowd, for we only search for God for what He can give us. Let there be no mistake; He is not deceived, He knew their intentions, and He knows ours. God desires that we serve Him out of love. If we never receive anything from Him, which is impossible, He wants us to desire to bask in His presence. He wants us to want Him more than our necessary food. So, my prayer for all of us is that we learn to seek God, not for fishes and loaves but to seek Him because we want to worship Him.

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