September 1, 2017

Today you should read: Mark 6:30-56

Feeding 5,000 and walking on water… Are there two things that Jesus is more known for, aside from the resurrection? Here’s the challenge for us though: familiarity often breeds complacency. We stop looking at these stories with wonder like we did when we first heard them. I hope that, today, you can see them with fresh eyes and regain perspective; Almighty God of the universe became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1), and He clearly made His presence known through miracles like we see in Mark 6.

In the feeding of the 5,000, there are a lot of neat things to account for. First, it’s one of the few miracles mentioned in all 4 gospel accounts:  John 6:1-15, Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32-44, and Luke 9:10-17. Second, it happens at a pretty cool location: Bethsaida. That’s where the Jordan River feeds the Sea of Galilee, which is the main water source for Israel.

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Look at where Jesus is about to do a miracle of provision — right where the Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee. Without the Jordan (which is ONE river fed by THREE principle tributaries (springs), Israel would have no life. It’s their main water source. Here, in this “chance” location, Jesus is about to show somewhere between 8-10k people (5k men + women/kids) that HE is the source of life. HE is their provider.

The next story is of Jesus walking on water. The disciples were freaked out and were navigating through a storm with all their might. Jesus, desiring to show them His glory, walked out to them and restored calm. This was a huge moment for them, reiterating that this must have been the true Messiah. What struck me, though, is what I read in verses 51-52:

Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

This was like taking a 2×4 on the noggin. How often am I like this? I see the Lord work and move, miracles happen all around me, and yet I still don’t get it. I still struggle to trust Him. I question His plan. I balk at His provisions.

Here’s a question for reflection today. I’d love to hear your responses in the comments section so we can encourage each other and serve one another in prayer.

In what area of your life do you question God the most? Or phrased another way, where do you consistently lack trust in God? 

By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “September 1, 2017”

  1. Good word today Todd! This part of verse 52 really resonated with me as well.

    “Their hearts were too hard to take it in.”

    My prayer today is that I will have a heart to see the work God is doing all around me and join Him in that work.

  2. The verse about hardened hearts stood out to me as well. God has done so many things in my life and in the lives of my family. Yet things are still unraveled in many areas with me and with the ones I love. It’s hard for me to believe that He who began a good work is faithful to complete it. I want to grasp that I am alive in Christ and that I no longer live but Christ lives in me. That Christ overcame and that through His power He will perfect all that concerns me. I need to grasp that my feelings are liars but that the Word of God is eternal truth. The reality of God working is greater than the things I presently see.

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