Hey Mister, Have You Got Any Bread?
Those are the thoughts that go through my mind as I read Matthew 15:29-39. It’s a similar story to the one we find in Matthew 14:13-21. This latter event startled me too. In Matthew 14 the disciples come to Jesus after a long day of teaching and tell Him to send the crowds away so that they can get some food. Jesus tells them: “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat” (14:16). In Matthew 15 there was a little more faith present. The disciples didn’t ask to send the crowds away, they asked: “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd” (15:33). In both cases there was bread and fish. In the first case they didn’t believe those would be enough. The second case reminds me of someone standing beside a well-to-do man and asking: “I wonder where I can get a dollar for a cup of coffee?” You know exactly where but you aren’t going to come right out and ask!
But, aside from all that, I was struck by two things:
1. I have the bread and God has charged me with distributing it.
2. Unless I give Him back the bread He gave me so that He can bless it and multiply it, it won’t be enough to satisfy anyone.
Oh, I already said that, didn’t I! It’s just that I’ve never really thought of these passages in this particular context before so I’m kind of in awe here.
Tonight, as I begin a study series in the book of 1 Peter, I take with me this application. I have the Word of God that He has given me and that He has asked me to share. I give Him back His Word and pray that He will bless it and multiply it so that everyone who comes will go away satisfied.
There, I said it again!