Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Rock of Our Salvation

Friday, January 30, 2015
Come, let us sing to the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come to him with thanksgiving.  Let us sing psalms of praise to him.  For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.  He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.  The sea belongs to him, for he made it.  His hands formed the dry land, too.  Come, let us worship and bow down.  Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.  We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.   If only you would listen to his voice today!      Psalm 95:1-7 (NLT)
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.  Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late.  Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”  But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.  A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed.     Mark 6:34-37, 42-44
The Psalmist cautioned, If only you would listen to his voice today!

The disciples had that opportunity with a large crowd that had gathered to hear Jesus and feel the Messiah’s healing touch.  It was late and everyone was hungry.  The disciples were smart enough to recognize a coming food disaster.  They also knew it was an impossible situation; how could so many be fed?

Then…the voice of the “rock of salvation” – YOU feed them.

We know the end of the story…what started out as five loaves and two fish became twelve baskets of leftovers.  Oh brother; our God does math SO differently!

And, speaking of numbers, you could do a lot with numerology in this incident – the five loaves and two fish add up to seven, the number of perfection.  The twelve baskets left over – one for each apostle to take home and mount over their fireplace to remember this daily-bread miracle!

But, at the end of the day it’s still hearing his voice which stands out.

YOU feed them.

There’s always something about a miracle and mercy that requires somebody to be hands-on in faith, isn’t there? 

There’s always something about it that demands that somebody trust the Rock to provide for the thirsty, the hungry, the naked, the prisoner and the lost one.
YOU feed them!

For You Today

Could Jesus have been speaking to you?

Who is it that needs feeding today?

If only we will listen to his voice today.

[1] Title image:  Diego Delso, via Wikimedia Commons

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