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5 Loaves & 2 Fish

November 26, 2011

This is a very rough outline of my lesson for tomorrow. Ignore, Read, Learn, Steal whatever you would like to do with it. Just thought I would put it out there.

Intro.

My favorite thing about school was lunch

I was friends with all the lunch ladies

Gradation- Instead of having my picture taken w favorite teacher/ had taken w lunch ladies

My favorite was trading food – trading bell peppers!

            I wouldn’t have given away my bell peppers for anything!

This morning we are going to look at a story about a boy who was asked to share his food

30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. 33 But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. 34 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.  35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”  37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money[g] to buy food for all these people!” 38 “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass.40 So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.  41 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. 42 They all ate as much as they wanted, 43 and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. 44 A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!

 

I’ve heard this story my whole life, and it has never hit me like it did this week.

Lost job in December – Have worried almost daily since then

Have a job where I am not making much money and got paid this past week.

As I was driving and worrying, the Lord spoke to me and said “I can feed 5000+ people with 5 loaves and 2 fish, I can make a small paycheck last a few weeks.”

I began thinking of this story and several points of application occurred to me.

  1. When Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowds, the disciples saw the impossibility of the situation and thought it was absurd
    1. Jesus may be telling us to do something that seems unmanageable.

                                                              i.      We do not see the entire plan of Christ, we must ensure that we are in His will then trust and obey Him no matter how impossible the situation seems

  1. The boy was willing to give up his security to obey Jesus
    1. If he would have said “This is my food, I’m not sharing it”, he would have missed out on being a part of a huge miracle, and having more food for himself than he could ever had imagined.
    2. Jesus asked the disciples to distribute the bread, once they obeyed, he acted
      1. They did not have to do anything but obey
      2. Not only did Jesus increase their food, He increased their faith
        1. They were able to see Jesus perform a miracle in a situation that had seemed hopeless just a short time before. 

This brings us to 3 questions

  1. What situation in your life seems too impossible for God to handle?
    1. Luke 1:37 “Nothing is impossible with God”
    2. What are your 5 loaves and 2 fish?
      1. What do you have in your life that Jesus wants to use and you are holding on to?
      2. Are you acting upon the commands of Christ?
        1. Just like the disciples could have chosen to not distribute the bread, has Jesus asked you to do something that you have not followed up on?
        2. Maybe you would say you’re not disobeying God in any way but you’ve been putting off something you know he is telling you to do.  When our girls put off doing something we’ve asked them to do we always tell them “delayed obedience is disobedience.”  The same is true in our relationship with our heavenly Father.
        3. Is your faith increasing?
          1. Are you placing yourself in places to allow Christ to work in your life so that your faith in Him will increase?
          2. Are you in the Word daily to recognize Jesus’ actions when you see them?

                                                              i.      Scripture tells us the only way we will grow in Faith is through the Word Romans 10:17 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Closing:

What will you walk away with this morning? What decision in your life do you need to give to Christ?

Salvation

Continued sin

Something He has called you to

Etc.

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