February 25, 2021

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Mark 8:5-8 (English Standard Version)
And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 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. And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY

Jesus had just finished ministering to a multitude of over 4000 people. After the message, He became concerned for their well-being. Jesus knew that the people were hungry and decided to feed them.

When Jesus expressed His compassion for the people, the disciples responded by asking, where can we get enough food to feed so many? Jesus, in turn, asks them one simple question, what do you have? Jesus’ question was to teach His disciples that He could take the little they had to obtain massive results.

In obedience, the disciples followed Jesus’ instructions, and the impossible became possible when Jesus blessed their acts of faith. Not only that, but they ended up having more leftovers than they did when they started.

God’s Word for today, challenges us with a question. What would you rather have, seven loves or seven baskets full? Then use whatcha got.