well, about 2 days ago, Leanne and I were talking in the kitchen about something that we have been discussing in some length about feeding the masses. and man, we may have been given something from the LORD that is truly exciting to me this week. we are going to experiment with the model in how Jesus fed the mass. before i explain this model that is available for reading in your Words, i must tell you what i see down in the inner city regularly. first off, we see tons of people giving away food…which is totally awesome. i mean, it is absolutely amazing that so many people are givers. but what we witness often are people literally driving through out streets passing out boxes of food in their cars and like animals the homeless people come running up to their car and walk away. again it is awesome that people are so generous to take the time to come out and pass out food, but whether it is the drive through delivery or the mass assembly lines of food lines…we have seen it all and done it all…so here is our action plan which we are going to try this coming tuesday with a group of homeschoolers (and i can’t wait)…so read the scripture and see what you pull out and then read our action plan for strong recommendations for those who come down to the refuge:
13 When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
- Jesus instructed the hungry to sit down on the grass. It seems to me that he was providing rest but also a ranking system. the gospel of mark gives us these details as the groups were number in 50 and 100.
- Jesus than blessed the meal. This is vital i tell you because the homeless people (most of them in this place in their life due to addictions to alcohol or drugs only thank that the food just appears). but i really believe each of us need to know that God has provided these blessings because He is faithful, even when we are faithless. i
- Jesus broke the bread/fish and gave it to His disciples to pass out. The disciples were given an opportunity to serve. This means that they were waiting on the people. This took time and thoughtfulness. It wasn’t the drive through or assembly line process. The disciples were meeting each person one on one. I think that there was a position of gratitude on both sides.
- Jesus provide a platform for community to develop. every time i see a mass feeding, the homeless disperse among their friends or alone. the LORD was identifying the need for community even among the masses.
- Jesus instructed His disciples to get the leftovers. Jesus didn’t waste, but that isn’t the point. It was for His disciples to clean up afterwards. It was a full service meal and he had 12 guys feed 5000 men, plus women and children. That takes time…and a servants heart. Those are the things the LORD is searching for.
- Jesus, please show us how you would feed the people of Oklahoma City. Show us Jesus how to stop enabling their lifestyle of taking and and help them engage in a lifestyle of giving.
- Jesus, show us how to be like a loving Father, who waited for the prodigal to be miserable/broken. Show us how to transform a street and a culture. Show the church how to love the way you did. Show us the church how to share the way you did
Thank you LORD for your great Word which is a guide unto our path.