I Know, I Can Explain It!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 17-19; Mark 6:30-56

i-can-explain-it-all-oversize-t-shirt-white-etre-cecile-600x76830 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 31 Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.” 32 They departed in a boat by themselves for a deserted place.

33 Many people saw them leaving and recognized them, so they ran ahead from all the cities and arrived before them. 34 When Jesus arrived and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things.

35 Late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place, and it’s already late in the day. 36 Send them away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something to eat for themselves.”

37 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

But they said to him, “Should we go off and buy bread worth almost eight months’ pay[a] and give it to them to eat?”

38 He said to them, “How much bread do you have? Take a look.”

After checking, they said, “Five loaves of bread and two fish.”

39 He directed the disciples to seat all the people in groups as though they were having a banquet on the green grass. 40 They sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed them, broke the loaves into pieces, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 Everyone ate until they were full. 43 They filled twelve baskets with the leftover pieces of bread and fish. 44 About five thousand had eaten. (Mark 6:30-44, Common English Bible).

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned today’s lesson (one of the few stories outside of the Resurrection mentioned in all four Gospels). I sure was glad I removed that paragraph when I saw my blogging choices from today’s Journey Through Scripture readings.

Five Thousand people eating off of one little boy’s lunch, five loaves and two fish. I have, more than once heard various explanations of how this could possibly have happened. The idea of a miracle was no place to be seen.

Some years back I read a sermon that attempted to explain away Jesus feeding 5000 people. In reality, it was more likely upward for 15000 when you count women and children. Think about it this way, could a little boy carry five loaves of bread and two fish large enough to feed more than 5000 people, not to mention more than 15000?

The pastor/writer proposed that those who received the meal only were given a tiny morsel and were satisfied because they were included. There are two issues with that line of thought (well, at least two). First, five loaves and two fish cannot possibly be divided by more than 5000. I just don’t see that there is a way to make the math work. I may not be a math scholar but I don’t think one is required. Second, the Scripture says there were twelve baskets of leftovers. That means Jesus had more leftover than he had to start with. I guess that pastor skipped over verse 43.

In case that thesis was debunked, the pastor/writer then said, Jesus highlighted the little boy’s, generous heart, and inspired the otherwise selfish people to pull out the food they were hiding, and shared the food with those around them. Let me see if I’ve got this straight. The author doesn’t believe Jesus could do a miracle but does believe Jesus could get 5000 selfish people to share? I think the second argument defeats the first. It would take a miracle to get 5000 selfish people to share. Well, that is my thought anyway.

I except the miracle here at face value. There are, after all, many more miracles that cannot be explained away. And, is I said yesterday, God can do whatever God wants to do. If God is omnipotent, if God is all-powerful, God can do miracles far bigger and far greater than we mere humans can ever understand.

Feeding 5000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread? I think God might say, “My child, you’ve not seen anything yet.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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