The message was brought by Rev. James Childers.
This can change your mind, your heart, and your life. Listen closely.
Mark 6: 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
This is a strange verse because of where it takes place. Night had fallen. There was a severe storm. The disciples were in a boat. Jesus was not with them. He was on the mountain, but there was never a time he didn’t see them. They saw someone coming, walking on the water, and thought it was a ghost. I can understand why they didn’t realize it was him. It was night in a storm; they were scared. When he spoke they knew his voice.
All four writers of the gospel record this. They give different accounts. Let’s say four of you stand on different street corners in downtown Marion and see a car run a light and hit another one. We’ll get four stories because all four saw it from a different vantage point. When Jesus stepped on the boat, the winds and rain ceased. The disciples were amazed. Jesus didn’t talk about the storm. He talked about the feeding of the 5,000 that happened earlier. He said they were amazed because they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
They had been with Jesus all day, heard the greatest preacher that ever lived. They were partakers in feeding 5,000. It doesn’t take long for a person’s heart to get hard. One of the hardest things for us to do is keep our heart in tune. It’s a full time job for us all. Have you ever gone out of your way to help someone and not been appreciated for what you did? If anyone had a right to have a hard heart, it was Jesus. He didn’t. It automatically makes me think of Pharaoh in the Old Testament. He hardened his heart over and over. Some seem to get a hard heart from Sunday morning to Sunday night. It can be toward the pastor, a Sunday school teacher, or someone else in the church. The first thing they’ll do is blame everyone else for their condition.
Let’s look at the miracle of the 5,000. Note it is 5,000 men. Matthew said 5,000 men besides the women and children. There could easily have been 15,000 in this crowd. All of them wanted to hear Jesus. They walked through the desert to get there. We can’t get people to drive 5 miles down the road. Jesus had no sound system. He spoke with such clarity that all could hear a word from the Lord. Have you ever been in a place where you knew just a word from the Lord would make it all right?
The people had been there all day. They were hungry. Some were about to faint. They didn’t have money to buy food for all of them, so the disciples wanted to send them away into the towns to get their own food. Jesus said no and told them to seat the people in companies of 100 and 50. Nobody was going to be overlooked. Did you ever wonder where that lad came from? How many men were there? 5,000. Women and children were not counted. The lad came from that uncounted crowd. God lets no one go uncounted. We don’t know his name, but he went down in history.
The Lord took the lad’s 5 loaves and 2 fish, a meal that many could eat by themselves. That’s all the Lord wants—what we have. He can multiply it for his honor. You cannot give God what you wish you had. You can only give him what you have. He took the bread and fish and blessed it. John went further with his description and said he gave thanks for it. Five loaves and two fish won’t feed 15,000. The disciples probably shook their heads. They’re like us. They are up and down, hot and cold. They knew this wasn’t enough food. Jesus blessed it anyway. Be thankful for what you already have. You’ll not get more until you are. Maybe you need a different job or a bigger check, but you first need to be thankful for what you already have.
The food didn’t multiply from the blessing. It multiplied with the breaking. Jesus broke it and kept breaking and breaking and breaking until there was enough. The most blessed are people whom God has broken. My wife and I were broken when our daughter died. Some of the most blessed have been broken and turned to God. Now I know how someone else feels who loses a child or another loved one close to them.
Jesus didn’t feed the crowd himself. He gave it to the disciples and they passed through the crowd. Wonder if some balked as they saw Peter come toward them and refused the food. Maybe they thought Andrew would gloat about finding the lad. Be careful how talk about somebody. They may be the very ones to feed you sometime in the future.
All the people are fed. Jesus told them to take up the fragments. There were 12 baskets. Do you realize what fragments are? I don’t mind eating leftovers, but fragments are scraps. Think about how many hands had handled it or how many pieces had fallen on the grass. Jesus put these baskets on the boat. They weren’t for the disciples to eat. He wanted them there so the disciples would have a reminder that Jesus was King of Kings.
On your sea of life, how many scraps are in your boat? Are you facing a storm and doubting God? Shame on you. There are enough fragments for you to be thankful for what God has done for you.