Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” 33And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” 34And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.37And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 38Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs
1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.
1. The Signs are MISSED
a. Believers and Nonbelievers alike miss the signs all around us.
b. God is communicating with us, but are we listening
c. It is not wrong to ask God for a sign, but please pay attention to the one He gives you.
2. The Signs are MANIPULATED
a. Sometimes we look for a sign to justify what we are already doing…wrong.
c. Integrity in your FAITH will keep you from manipulating the signs
- Study God’s word, not to prove your point, but to discover the truth found in it
- Recognize REALITY, Follow FAITHFULLY, Accept God’s plan COMPLETELY
3. The Signs are MISUNDERSTOOD
a. The Jewish establishment missed the obvious signs of Messiah (Prophecy fulfilled, Law Fulfilled, Miracles, signs, and wonders)
b. Become more certain:
- By prayer and meditation
- Through fasting
- Waiting on the LORD
- God’s desires for you to know HIS will and to follow you with certainty…HE WILL GIVE YOU CLARITY.