The Breadcrumb Multiplier

Quiet Time – 19.10.2016 [Mark 6:30-44]

Hey homies today I read Mark 6:30-44.  Jesus cracks His Spirit filled knuckles and goes ham on feeding 5000 men and their families!  Today’s gonna be good :)

“So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.  But many who saw them leaving recognised them and ran on foot from all the towns and got ahead of them.”

The story starts with the apostles coming back from being sent out to cast out demons and preaching repentance from earlier in Mark and it happens that there are SO MANY people coming and going that they aren’t even able to eat!  Jesus is getting a critical mass of followers! (IT’S OVER 9000!)  They decide to get back into the boat onto the Sea of Galilee to find a quiet place and to get some rest BUT… the crowd has different plans…  They see them and they RUN AHEAD through all the towns and get to where they’re going before them!

These people are desperate for Jesus.  They’ve heard rumours.  But… Who is He?

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  So he began teaching them many things.”

There’s a LARGE CROWD which has run ahead AROUND the Sea of Galilee just to keep up with the One they’re following.  They’re absolutely desperate to be around Him.  And that’s when we see an incredible part of Jesus.  He has compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

Have you thought what sheep are like?  They’re dumb.  Like SUPER dumb.  They just drift around, eat grass, say “baa” a lot, they’re absolutely lost without a shepherd.  That’s how these people are described, lost, helpless, without direction.  Jesus sees that they need Him.  Jesus loves them.  Jesus cares for them.

Jesus is the compassionate Shepherd.

“By this time it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him.  “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late.  Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

Uh oh.  Situation change.  Peeps getting hungry.  Yo Jesus we’re tired, they’re hungry, we should send them off!

And this is where Jesus gets realer than real.

“But He answered, “You give them something to eat.”

What?  Are you serious Jesus?  There’s ain’t no SMALL crowd out there Jesus.  It’s a LARGE crowd Jesus!  There’s like 5000 men and all of their families out there!  THAT’S LIKE 8 MONTHS OF A MAN’S WAGES.  We don’t have ENOUGH JESUS!  Isn’t that like us when God asked us to do something?  We look at the problem and we panic.  We see everything that we DON’T have.  We see everything that we LACK.  We see our INADEQUACIES.

But as if it’s dependant upon us.

“How many loaves DO you have?”

This is where Jesus changes our point of view.  We stop looking at what we DON’T have and instead at what we DO have.  And what do they disciples have?  5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  For 5000 men… and their families… and it’s late… OH NO ANXIETY, PANIC, OH BEANS… WOAH.  Chill.

What DO you have? 

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to Heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves.  Then He gave them to His disciples to set before the people.  He also divided the two fish among them all.”

Jesus takes our breadcrumbs.  He doesn’t take what we DON’T have.  He changes our focus to what we DO have.  And He calls us to SUBMIT IT to Him!  Jesus brings it to Himself.

It’s not dependant on what we DO or DON’T have.  It’s dependant on God.

“They all ate and were satisfied.”


But that’s not all…

“… and the disciples picked up twelve basketfulls of broken pieces of bread and fish.”

Jesus has taken His disciples mediocre breadcrumbs and He’s multiplied it.  He’s asked them to submit it to Him and to trust Him.

Jesus is the miracle worker so surely all the glory goes to Him.

My reaction is just like the disciples.  Jesus tells me to do something that I can’t imagine and I panic.  I look at all the problems and all the things I DON’T have.  Jesus calls us to look at what we DO have and to submit it to Him!

Jesus takes our breadcrumbs and multiplies it!  Jesus makes my mediocre breadcrumbs into a multiplied miracle.

Let’s be real here, Jesus rose a girl from the dead just in the previous chapter. Jesus calmed an entire storm the chapter before that.  Jesus has healed, forgiven, exorcised and done miracle after miracle.  Surely feeding 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish is a piece of cake for Him.  The problem is NOT that we haven’t seen enough evidence of God doing this work in our lives, it’s that we don’t TRUST what we have seen.  It’s that we haven’t let His character affect our lives.

We’ve boxed Him in, made Him smaller than He actually is, ignored His character and so we haven’t trusted Him in who He’s actually said He is.

What is in my hand?  What is in your hand?  Let’s submit it to Jesus, the One who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) and let’s see what He’ll do with it in the most impossible of situations.  Let’s dream big fam.  Soli Deo Gloria.

“How many loaves DO you have?”

– Mark 6:38