Matthew 14:1-21 (ESV)
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said,“They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
a. We should be ready to do ministry with or without a crowd.
b. If God sends us a crowd, we should take care of that crowd
Focus on the haves, not the have-nots:
a. Philip started telling Jesus all the limitations: money limitations (John 6)
b. Andrew (John 6) struggled with the impossibility of the task. (too many people)
c. It’s time:
- The church stopped telling everyone how big our problems are, and start telling people how big our God is.
- The people of God recognize the blessing and providence of God, and stop the “woe is me” attitude.
a. Lets dial this in a bit: People struggle the most with trusting God with finances.
b. You finances are in God’s hands, if you give them to him
c. You have a choice:
- LET GOD take care of your financial situation, or you keep trying.
- All powerful, almighty God vs. humans
(that’s right… 4 points)
a. Even the seemingly insignificant things are important and are not missed by God.
b. God’s plan goes beyond “enough” and runs on into overflow!