The Resurrection of Lazarus was only recorded in John. The healing of the woman that touched Jesus’s garments, only Matthew and Mark is talked about. The walking on water event is recorded on three of the gospels – Matthew, Mark and John. However, the miracle of the multiplication of food is recorded in all four gospels. It’s the only miracle reported by all four of the gospel writers. If you mix all the accounts you will find new insights. I think the Lord wants prepare us for something miraculous in the next days. Let your heart be filled with expectations on what God is able to do for those that are hungry for Him and His word.
Jesus always feeds with the natural those that are hungry for the supernatural
“Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.” (Mark 6:33)
It all began with a crowd of people that was willing to go wherever they needed to go to meet Jesus. They were hungry for Him above anything else. Every person that learned that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3) experiences provision. Multiplication comes to those who understand that being with Jesus is a matter of spiritual feeding.
So, always eat spiritually. But eat only clean and healthy food. Here, some need to be reminded that the only food you are sure is carefully prepared is the food your mom or wife cooked in the house. Some people get “spiritual-salmonella” because they insist eating in every “evangelical-buffet” they find on the internet. Do you want to avoid “food poisoning”? At least get some recommendations for good food. Surely your pastors carefully prepare food for you. Talk with a leader that care for your spiritual health and get good suggestions before going eating everywhere. But it is better if you keep eating in the house God planted you.
However, it has to be said, that those that are eating something (keeping themselves active in the church, listening messages …) have a better chance than those that eat nothing.
The Bible tells us that the crowd were after Jesus, and because of that, they were supplied in the heart and in their physical needs.
God counts what other people don’t count
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9-10)
“And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:21)
Have you noticed that while the disciples did not care to count the women and the children, it was a boy, a child, who was used to bless all that multitude? God uses people that other people don’t count.
While others might discount you, God counts you and asks you, “What do you have?” So never despise what you have now, recognize what you have and who you are before God, and He will always multiply your resources.
Some miracles come only with some order
“So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.” (Mark 6:40-41)
It took time to set these groups. That shows us that some miracles only happen if there are some structure and order. The Lord has all the power and desire to give you more than you need, but some miracles only happen if there is order. Here is what I mean:
“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor … so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7)
God can do much more when you agree together. There is the unbiblical approach about the story of the feeding of the five thousand that credits the multiplication toward the generosity that was stirred as the boy decided to give the first step. The Bible does not say that, however, it is very possible to encounter multiplication once there is an openness to agree together. Husbands who treat their spouse with dishonor show no appreciation and even less agreement. Therefore it is not a surprise no miracles happen. Our families will experience more favor in agreement. Our cities, and more than ever, our nation can have more blessings if we get in agreement.
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)
Another aspect to consider is that Jesus asked for a structure to release that blessing. God will not give us more while we are mishandling what we have now. Gifts and blessings are given according to what we can manage.
“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability…” (Matthew 25:5)
Are you asking for a car when you don’t even have your license to drive it? Are you asking for a spouse when you don’t even pay for your rent? There is no waste in God’s miracle. At the end of the story, we see Jesus commanding “… nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12). Why the Lord would give us a blessing that would not even be counted as such. It would be like the story of the rich man who was determined to give his mother a birthday present that would outshine others. He read about a bird that had a vocabulary of 4000 words, could speak in 2 languages and sing 3 opera songs. He bought the bird for $50,000 and had it delivered to his mother with a small note explaining all that the bird was capable of. The next day he called to see if she had received the bird. “Hey mom, what did you think of the bird?” In a glimpse of a second, he remembered that his mom never learned to read. And, his mom replied, “It was delicious son, thank you for the gift.”
God knows what we can handle and will give us, in abundance, whatever we will waste. Some miracles are only waiting for our growth in order to come to pass. That, at any moment, limits the abundant, rich and overflowing goodness of God. Opening thoughts for the next principle:
Jesus blessed the “is not enough” to turn into “more than enough”.
“Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.”(John 6:11)
We will never see multiplication until we are unable to be grateful now. Gratitude for what “it is not enough” opens the door for God to bring the “more than enough.” What we need is to deepen our faith in God’s goodness, always expecting the “more than enough” but with a thankful heart for what you have now.
Multiplication follows the breaking.
Remember that only what was broken is what can be multiplied. That which refuses to be broken refuses to be blessed. It is the breakings of life that produce the blessings of life.
“And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.”(Mark 6:41)
The most remarkable lessons and the most amazing miracles you will remember during your life are those that happened in times of brokenness. But I wonder if some people waste those times of preparation with coupe mechanisms that are robbing them from the coming blessings. While they could be writing a devotional journal, they coupe with destructive social media. While they could develop a new skill, they coupe doing the very thing that brought them to that low place. While we could be enjoying a good story from a book, we coupe pretending to be a video-game character.
Brokenness is God’s way to set the path for blessings, but you have to get hold of that window of opportunity. It is in the breakings of life that we are made capable of handling the “more than enough” God has in store for us.
-God will use a disciple to bring your miracle
“But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” (Luke 9:13)
The food multiplied in the hands of the disciples themselves.
Two aspects here:
1. The blessing passes through your hands, not from your hands. That reminds us of the principle of gratitude again. If you see any miracle in your life, give God glory and praise. If we have blessings, it is not from your hands, it is meant to be through your hands. Remember, we are called to be a river nor a reservoir.
2. Learn to eat God’s blessings even if it comes through somebody else’s hand. God might be wanting to bless us through a person we don’t even like it.
Psalms 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
The Psalmist does not say who is serving the table. Which it could be that God wanted to serve you through the very person you are resisting in your heart.
-Jesus enjoys abundance
Luke 9:17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
God could stop when the last person received the sufficient. (He can’t miss the number of people like the disciples, remember, He has a book named “Numbers”) However, Jesus continued to multiply because he is Jehovah -Shaddai, which means All-Sufficient. He is Jesus, the one that promised to give life in abundance that’s why the Psalmist says:
Psalm 23: 5 …” you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
So don’t ever believe in nothing less than the overflowing. It will pour it over your children, and your children’s children. It is time for us to believe for the overflowing of God.