Mark 8:4 (KJV) How Can We Satisfy Men?

Mark 8:4 (KJV)
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

The disciples had what was for them a legitimate concern.

  • The wilderness was barren
  • The crowd was huge
  • The supplies were exhausted and
  • The number of the disciples were few

How could they possibly satisfy the need that was before them? Yet that is exactly what Jesus expected them to do. But they would not do it on their own.

I notice first that the inventory was taken from among the crowd. Jesus used the labor of the disciples and the resources of the multitude. When God calls a person into ministry he does not call them necessarily to figure out how to finance it but to figure out what others have to give.

I notice then that Jesus took the little bit that was offered (though it was all that the boy had) and blessed it. The multitude was satisfied, not by the labor of the disciples, nor by the offering of the boy; they were satisfied by the blessing of Jesus.

We live in a spiritual wilderness where there is little that can satisfy the souls of men.  Supplies seem to be getting smaller all the time as professing Christians more and more compromise the Word of God. The population of the planet is exploding but the numbers of laborers in Christ’s work aren’t keeping up with the demand.

Never fear! Our Lord has compassion. He sees the multitude without meat. If He has called you He has also prepared a boy somewhere who is willing to give you what He has. God will bless it and use it to feed His Word to the hungry of soul.

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Mark 8:4 (KJV) How Can We Satisfy Men?

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Mark 7:2 (KJV) Fault Finders

Mark 7:2 (KJV)
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

I have not verified it but would suspect that this is where the term finding fault originates.

The Pharisees and scribes, who came from Jerusalem, came to find fault. If it had not been for this it would have been for something else.

Anyone trying to do good and accomplish something with their life will run in to fault finders. They came looking for something to complain about. It is irrelevant what it is they found because if they had not found fault with what they found they would have found fault with something else. We should not be burdened by their accusations.

Jesus rebuffed their accusations with the truth of the Bible. He merely turned the situation around, pointed out that they had made the Word of God of none effect and moved forward with His work.

I do not believe that, for the most part, it does is any good to try to answer the faultfinders (Jesus had power that no one else possesses). Usually it’s just best to search the Scriptures, be sure we are in line with that, and press on.  The faultfinders will find fault with that too, but move forward anyway.

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Mark 7:2 (KJV) Fault Finders

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1 Kings 2:9 (KJV) It’s Wise to Ask for Wisdom

1 Kings 2:9 (KJV)
Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

David saw wisdom in Solomon before Solomon asked and received wisdom from the Lord. This leads me to two thoughts:

It is wise to ask for wisdom.

No matter how wise you or others believe you to be, we all lack wisdom. We are far from omniscient and could use more wisdom. Especially is this true of wisdom that comes from above.

God had given him wisdom before he asked

God’s plan for Solomon had been known (by David at least) since Solomon was but a baby. God had anointed him to be king, I believe, at conception and, like Jeremiah and others, had already endued him with the gifts of his kingship. I believe the same is true of us all. God has endued us with the gifts of His calling at birth. Those gifts are often misused by those who are lost, but they are there. When we get saved it isn’t so much that God lays new gifts upon us but that we now fine tune and exercise those gifts for the true purpose for which we received them.

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1 Kings 2:9 (KJV) It’s Wise to Ask for Wisdom

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Mark 5:24 (KJV) Jesus Stress Free

Mark 5:24 (KJV)
And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

There were as many hindrances to Jairus’ daughter being healed as one could imagine

  • A sea
  • A multitude
  • Another person in need
  • A messenger with bad news
  • A death
  • A mocking family

Notice that none these in any way stressed our Lord or presented any obstacle to His purpose.

The trouble we too often have is that we can’t see passed the obstacles to watch the Lord’s calm assurance. He has it handled. Ask Him, follow Him and trust Him.

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Mark 5:24 (KJV) Jesus Stress Free

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Mark 4:34 (KJV) Two Levels of Teaching

Mark 4:34 (KJV)
But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

There are two levels of teaching implied in this passage; there is the broader message to the multitudes and the more explicit and meaningful message given to the disciples.

It is not wrong to preach to the crowds, knowing that when you do so the message is of necessity going to be broad and general. The problem I think comes when that is all the message anyone ever gets. When the preacher pushes for large attendance at every service, for instance, he will almost surely, even if subconsciously, generalize his message. There is nothing wrong with ever growing smaller circles of contact because the smaller the circle the more specific can be the message. When we finally get down to just one or two, then the teaching is most likely at its highest level of effectiveness.

No preacher should disregard the multitudes just as no Christian should skip the general assemblies of our services. But neither should the preacher isolate himself from smaller venues nor should the Christian satisfy himself with only the one, larger service.

All of us should seek value in every venue of teaching: the general assembly on Sunday Morning, the tighter, more specific message of Sunday evenings, the closeknit teaching that happens in the mid week and opportunities for questions and discussion one on one or with just a handful with the pastor.

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Mark 4:34 (KJV) Two Levels of Teaching

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Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

Mark 3:21 (KJV)
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

Does it amaze us that Christ would have friends who were not (at least at this time) believers? He had grow up from a small child in Nazareth. There He had relatives through His mother and nearly kin through His stepfather, Joseph.  No doubt during those years Jesus had become well acquainted with people who cared for Him as the good person He surely was even though they probably thought His ideas fanciful and maybe immature. “He will grow out of them.” They may have said among themselves.

It is unlikely we have lived long without making some friendships on this level. At school or work or in some other public setting we have likely made friendships that exist despite and not because of our faith. These friends are well meaning but, like those of Christ, may try to hinder our spiritual life.

There came this point in time when the relationship with those friends came to a make or break point. They tried to rescue Jesus from the consequences of His faith; He remained steadfast in that faith. I believe many of those friends came to accept Him as Saviour after this. I am sure many others gave up on Him and walked away.

As we live for the Lord our friends who are not of the faith will almost certainly find themselves at a crossroads at some point; they will come to urge us not to get too wrapped up in our Christianity. They will think they are protecting us to keep us from going overboard in our belief. We must stand firm and true to Christ and when we do, many of them will give up on us. But others will come to trust the Saviour upon which we rest.

 

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Mark 3:21 (KJV) Jesus Had Friends?

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Matthew 4:12 (KJV) Satan’s Attacks Persistent

Matthew 4:12 (KJV)
Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

It is worthwhile to note that Jesus heard about John Just after being testing by the Devil. I would suggest that the imprisonment of John was a further test and that, while the devil left Him, the devil did not stop attacking Him. If he could not get Jesus through a direct method, Satan tried the next best thing; to get to Him through a relative and close associate in His calling.

Satan’s attacks upon the believer are:

  • Frequent
  • Multifaceted and
  • Persistent

If overt tactics won’t work, he will attempt covert ones. If he can’t get to a particular believer directly, he will attempt to get through them indirectly. If he can’t tempt a Christian to give in to a sin, he will tempt him to compromise the truth.

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Jesus resisted Satan with the Word of God. Read the Bible daily or more to have the ammunition to resist. I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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Matthew 4:12 (KJV) Satan’s Attacks Persistent

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

Matthew 3:13 (KJV)
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

It is impossible to get over the grace, the condescension and the humility of this act. God became man and dwelt among us. Then God with us submitted Himself to be baptized.

This act, if for no other reason, ought to give every believer motivation to follow Christ in baptism

  • By faith in Christ
  • By immersion as was Christ
  • By the proper authority as was Christ

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Matthew 3:13 (KJV) Motivation for Baptism

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1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV) Followers Do Not a King Make

1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV)
And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

In this case Solomon is a type of Christ and Adonijah is a type of any antiChrist. Adonijah was not the chosen one to be the king After David but he wanted the role. Without authority of his father and in total arrogance he set himself up as the next man to be followed. His methods were misleading enough that he deceived many into following him.

But followers do not the next king make. David obeyed the will of God and set Solomon as the rightful king. When those who had followed Adonijah heard that, they feared and fled.

Multitudes today are blindly following those who have no authority from God:

  • A religion that is of antiChrist
  • A church that is not Scriptural
  • A leader who has presumed upon the authority of God and stepped outside of the parameters of God’s Word

Those followers and their leader might exhibit the same confidence of Adonijah and his crowd but it won’t last. There is only one rightful king; it is Jesus Christ. In God’s own time Christ will set up His own throne and those like Adonijah and his followers will be forced to flee.

Don’t make their mistake.

  • Trust Christ alone as your Saviour
  • Find and unite with a sound Baptist church
  • Study the Bible and stay within its teachings
  • Don’t be led astray by a smooth talking antiChrist and
  • Stay true to Jesus Christ until He calls for you

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1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV) Followers Do Not a King Make

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2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV) Where to Find Greatness

2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV)
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

The only greatness that matters for very long is the greatness that comes from God.

  • It is possible to make yourself great like Nimrod did
  • It is possible for popular opinion to make great as it did for King Saul
  • It is possible that circumstances elevate a person to greatness as it seems happened to Naaman

These sorts of greatness, though they may be impressive, only last a little time. David was made great by God’s gentleness and he is still being talked about three thousand years after the fact.

Find your greatness in God and you will be truly great.

 

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2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV) Where to Find Greatness

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