Water Fish Bread

April 22, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14

Many times disciples wish Jesus would intervene. The current tumult happening in and around Ukraine is no exception. Afghanistan is reportedly wild with hunger. We wish Jesus would immediately and providently bring relief. Jesus at one time did intervene. Do we wait on divine transactions for solutions?

Desperate for water and something to eat. Anything would have helped; for the children something nutritious would be best. Moving into a deserted area there was not much anyone could do.

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Was there an overlooked resource? “As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’” (Matthew 14:15-16).

A committed group of disciples, focusing on their limited resources gave this reply: “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish…” (Matthew 14:17). A question of faith: Will Jesus intervene in behalf of hungry people? On this occasion, but not every time then or now, Jesus provides for the 5,000+ who followed him.

Throughout history disciples have seen people in prison, people in need of food and water, people without safe housing, people suffering with illnesses and people in need of clothing. Some disciples view the events recorded in Matthew 14 as prompts to model the behavior of Jesus in caring for people. If there’s a teaching at this point, the instruction is to the disciples, not the crowds.

Life Applications

When an opportunity to help arises what is your response?

Do you have access to holy and spiritual resources?

Do people’s needs exceed your personal ability to meet those needs?

Are resources available to meet some of the needs you see?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Blessings to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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