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January 22, 2013

Matt 14:15-16

15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” NKJV

 

How many times have I read this and not seen it? Thank You, Holy One for giving me ears to hear and eyes to see this encouraging word today.

 

Before Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, before the power of Holy Spirit was sent to seal and remain in each believer, Jesus told the disciples they were capable of providing nourishment for 5000 men as well as the women and children with them. He told the disciples to feed them—as though there were no reason why they couldn’t.

 

When they explained to Him why they couldn’t, He showed them how they could. He took what they had (which was small and not near enough), the five loaves and two fish, and He:

 

1.)    Looked to heaven

2.)    Blessed them (the loaves and fish)

3.)    Then He began giving out as if it would be plenty—and it was. The disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

 

This tells me that humanity still had so much more power than we (or they) thought—even before Jesus’ work was done to restore us to our original state and position as descendants of Adam (before the fall). In fact, His sacrifice positioned us better than our original state, for after His sacrifice, all our sins—the sins of the whole world, past present and future—was forgiven. That means we are in a better condition than the first Adam because he always had the potential to sin before sin was forgiven by Jesus’ sacrifice. Though we still have the potential to sin, if we do it is already forgiven. All we have to do is believe it.

 

But even before that marvelous work Jesus did, we (humans) had the power to bless and provide through blessing. That is evident to me now through this story. This knowledge drives me to better understand what it means to “bless.” This story also tells me something today that I didn’t know before. It is possible—even godly—to bless more than people and God. Jesus blessed the bread before He broke it and gave it out.

 

The Strong’s dictionary defines the Hebrew word most translated bless as an act of adoration. The most basic meaning is to bow the knee. God demonstrated adoration entails more than just bowing the knee. It is love beyond affectionate feelings and displays. Real love, love such as God is envelops our whole being and purpose for being. “God blessed them and said, be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth with more just like yourselves and rule over it and the seas and the creatures of the first heaven.”

 

What God did with His blessing was to empower those He blessed to accomplish all He designed for them to do with joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and faithfulness. In that process, they were empowered to bless and benefit others. This is what Jesus demonstrated for us in this story.

 

The Strong’s dictionary defines the Greek word translated blessed in this passage in Matthew as to speak well of, to thank or invoke a benediction. Jesus, with His blessing empowered bread and fish to become all God intended it to be and provide in the proportion required. That bread and fish looked small in comparison to the need, but with the blessing, it was more than enough.

 

Adam and his wife were small in comparison to the world they were commissioned to fill and rule, but with God’s blessing (empowerment) they were more than enough.

 

This gives me a new perspective on my own possibilities. I am so small as to seem like nothing, but walking in the power of God’s blessing, I am more than enough. Joined with others walking in the power of God’s blessing (church), we are more than enough to benefit the world we live in. How very encouraging.

 

Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to complete the work You began in me. Thank You for Your blessing that empowers me to be and accomplish all You intended. I love You too. Amen.

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