In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.”
4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”
5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They said, “Seven.”
6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish.
And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?”
They said to him, “Twelve.” 20 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
The Disciples were there and saw the feeding of the multitude.
Jesus made a point that 7 loaves were given to him and He created 7 baskets left over.
The Disciples get into the discussion - now they have no bread. They are consumed and focused on that minute and their needs. Just like... mankind...1600 B.C. The Children of Israel in the Exodus.
It is as if they had said to each other "I think Jesus was a fluke, but look smart before Jesus." This also points out they felt Jesus was so superior to them, they couldn't catch up and were not on His level and in their anxiety - they made blunders. In realizing Jesus is God, they were unaware HE would make them breakfast in His Amazing Victory over death and walk 6 miles with them.
In Luke 4, we read Peter dealt with the Light in all of mankind, by telling Jesus what Peter wanted Jesus to do. Jesus tells Peter the reason why Peter is so comfortable bossing JESUS around, Peter wants what is comfortable to Peter. Peter has failed to show compassion to Jesus and His Mission of God. Jesus takes that a step further, because Jesus is GOD, and says he is of Satan.
Extreme until you consider that like the Blues Brothers, THIS IS A MISSION FROM GOD.
We do not want to forfeit Life/Soul.
Mark 8:35 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37.
Jesus the Lord is this:
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
And if we really want to stress the limits of our tender soul, think of this with me, Jesus was in His Glory when HE made the squabbling disciples breakfast. John 21. This is OUR GOD.
I was listening to Jesse Duplantis, Minister in Louisiana, who is very forthright about the wildness of his youth and of his salvation. His mother was a mystic and told him that his name, David's father's name, was telling of his future anointing as a Man of God. For years, She walked in the faith of this - Jesse did some pretty outrageous things, we would hope our children would NOT do.
And Jesse was gifted with a dream of Heaven from the Gates of Heaven walking to the house Jesus had prepared for Jesse to walk in. Jesse was so touched to find the house was ready for him and filled with things that in his impoverished childhood had not even dreamed to own. Things that walking in the framework of God had provided him, here on earth. Rev. Duplantis related this to a Father wanting find experiences and fine delights for His child. Jesse mentioned a Chippendale Chair. And the blessing included, Jesus arranged Jesse to meet David. King David.
I have had dreams of Heaven and Jesus. This was a dream I was blessed extremely well with. And has changed my life. When I read, "My eyes have seen Your Salvation." I know this was Blessing. And being flawed, I am not at all like Isaiah who was awake and knew the Presence of Father God Almighty is in His House. Instead, Father God was visiting - maybe you, maybe the levels of Heaven Paul tells us about.
And in this dream, I fully comprehended God's Cathedrals of earth should be cherished and relished - this is a glimpse of the veil of Heaven. And in this House of God, there were fine things. I was shown something like a child's chair found in King Tut's tomb. The museum said they were not even sure this was Tut's chair because he died so suddenly. It could have been his father's chair he shared with his boy or his grandfathers or even great grandfather's. And in my dream, this was an adult chair and new. I was told, in Heaven, we plan for eternity and this is not like earth at all. Our belongings stay with us throughout eternity. And we adjust to having amazing things in Heaven. I was astonished. And explained where I had seen the chair before and it had been a child's chair and was 3 millenniums old. I was told this chair might be that and appears to be new. An attribute of Heaven.
I was told in Heaven Jesus is working and His Father too. I was told perhaps I'd like a chair like this and maybe could work on chairs or sell them. I said I'd very much like to be part of this amazing beauty. And was told, so very kindly, that this was hoped for me. Although these people were far above me, the kindness was great.
I woke up knowing, this is probably not my level of Heaven, but in the Goodness of Jesus - my eyes - "Have seen His Salvation."
It was two decades later I watched Jesse Duplantis tell so thoroughly and beautifully and touchingly of his visit to Heaven. I am poignantly touched, we both were shown chairs. Visions of God are meant to be shared. And the message is profound and layered as the loaves of bread. Easily remembered, just as Jesus taught in Parables - to remember.
Where will you sit and what will you hope and expect of the Only Good One? Jesus.
Who art in Heaven, Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come and Your Will be done, on earth as in Heaven.
Give us this Day. Our Daily Bread.
Forgive me my sins, as I forgive those who sin against me.
Lead me not into Temptation. Deliver me from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. Forever and ever.
Lord God, we ask Your surrounding blessings on the ones' we love and our concerns, we lift to You.
Looking to You in expectation for our Nation and the believing people of the World. We know in Jesus, You have heard us and we thank You with Joy. Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †