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Posted: Sunday 27 November, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Come and Dine

Bertram Charles
    Scripture:  Mark 6: Verse 42
    After a hard day’s work, Jesus and his disciples were weary and fatigued from preaching the Gospel and working miracles. Near the end of the day, Jesus told his disciples to separate themselves from the crowd and to join him in the desert place for rest and meditation free from the noise and the press of the people.

    They decided to go to the desert by ship on the other side of the river.  The multitude saw Jesus and his disciples and they knew them. (The crowd always see and know the children of God by their conduct, action, talk and walk.) The crowd used the short -cuts and the bridge to get to the other side of the desert. They walked, crawled, rode animals, and were carried by others to get across the river to hear Jesus teachings and to see his miracles.  

    Jesus was not angry or displeased because the multitude had disturbed his rest and dinner.  Instead, he had compassion on them. They did not have a shepherd. They were hungry and thirsty for the Word of God. They had no one to feed them with the knowledge and understanding of God. The Scribes and Pharisees were blind guides. The politicians and the priests kept the people in darkness.  The people were perishing from the lack of knowledge. They desired the bread of life and living waters. They were in a physical and spiritual desert hungry for natural food and dying from lack of the bread of life. 

    The sun was setting and it was getting late. The people needed food in the desert night, but they were engrossed with the spiritual things of God. The disciples suggested that Jesus send the multitude away so they can go to the nearby village and buy themselves some food. They  only had 200 pennies from the offering and that was not enough money to buy bread for the thousands of people. Jesus would have to perform another miracle to feed the multitude. 

    The disciples reported that there is a lad who has five barley loaves and two small fishes that his parents had given him and he is ready to share it with others. His caring and sharing  parents had heard the teachings of Jesus and they prepared and furnished their young son with food for his journey to see and hear the teachings of Jesus. 

    Jesus took the five loaves and two fishes, blessed the food and ordered the crowd to sit down in groups to avoid the fighting, pushing, cursing, and arguments in the distribution of the food. More than five thousand people (sick, lame, infirm, weak, strong, young…) ate and were filled from the five loaves and two fishes and they picked up twelve baskets of left over bread and fish.
    In Jesus there is always enough for all that come to Him.  Who-ever come to Jesus Christ are never sent away empty. Come and dine.



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