Saturday, July 21, 2018

Date: July 14, 2018
Speaker: Pastor Kerry Estrebilla

Passage: Mark 6:38-44
"How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”  Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 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 distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. "
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Key Points:
  • Feeding of thousands - only miracle of Jesus which is recorded in all the four gospels.
  • When He saw them, He had compassion on them. (Mark 6:34)
  • Disciples' two suggestions: (1) Send the people away to find their own food. (2) Raise enough money to buy food for everyone. (Mark 6:35-37)
  • Barley - considered an inferior food during those times.
  • Small fish - considered as a "relish".
"Jesus looked at the situation, not as a problem, but as an opportunity to trust the Father and glorify His name."
In the same way, we should look at the problems and trials we face in life. They are opportunities for us to trust and see how God will work things out for our good. What really amazed me in this sermon, was that Pastor Kerry pointed out that the miracle happened in Jesus' hands. I never thought of this before! I thought it came out of the basket.😂 But if we read the passage, Jesus gave thanks, broke the bread and gave it to the disciples. The miracle happened in the hands of Jesus! (My personal reflections.)
"The miracle happened in the hands of Jesus."

  • If you want a miracle, you need to place yourself in His hands. 
  • "When we work, we work; when we pray, God works." - Max Lucado 

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