In Luke 9:10-17 the disciples see a crisis but Jesus sees an opportunity. The disciples tell Jesus to send the multitude away to purchase food and find lodging, but Jesus says “You give them something to eat.” The available food was very scant, but when placed in Jesus hands He gave thanks and blessed it, making it more than adequate; no He did not distribute it to the people, that was the disciple’s job! Jesus mission to this planet was to “save that which was lost” Matthew 18:11, and believe me He who is “full of compassion”, Psalm 78:38, made abundant provision for those who are hungry, Psalm 107:9. He seeks to bring the lost and broken back to God, Ezekiel 34:16, and truly the world gone away from God is famishing for the “bread of life”, Amos 8:11-12, which He has abundantly provided, John 6:33, 35, 48, 51. He has made the provision, placed it in our hands as His disciples, and is looking to us to reach out with compassion and give it to those famishing souls, Jude 22-23! Don’t expect Him to distribute it, He has given us that responsibility saying, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15. And as He said to Peter, (who seems to be representative of the whole church, Matthew 16:13-19) “…Feed My sheep” John 21:15-19.
By Rose Hill
((Based on Luke 9:13; Matthew 18:11; Psalm 107:9; Amos 8:11-12; Psalm 78:38; Jude 22; Ezekiel 34:16.)
The people are hungry they don’t know what for,
They are seeking and seeking for something more.
They look for it to find it in pleasure,
And only receive a very small measure.
They are looking high, they are looking low,
Don’t you have compassion for they don’t know?
That in God is the way to joy and peace,
And at His table there is a great feast.
Jesus said “You give them something to eat”,
You are the one who has the treat!
So Arise and be busy, there’s work to be done,
There’s many lost ones – many souls to be won.
Scripture quotations are form the New King James Version copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Co. used by permission.