Sunday Morning, May 29, 2016

Responsibility and Opportunity
 
Mark 8:1-9 ~ “In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
 
Several things we notice:
 * The Crowd was Great
Mark 5:1-20 ~ Gentiles asked Jesus to leave their coast.
 * The Disciples showed NO compassion for the people
The great crowd was 4,000 people, mostly Gentiles, aliens from God’s chosen race, considered outcasts, enemies of the Jews.
 * The Disciple are worried about resources, they offered every objection and excuse.
Mark 8:4 ~ The place was a wilderness, beyond reach
Mark 8:5 ~ Their resources were too meager
Mark 8:1, 9 ~ The multitude and the need were too great
 
Two Significant Points about the resources:
 * The disciple overlooked what they had.
 * Jesus didn’t ask the disciples to discuss how they could meet a great need, He told them to check on the resources they had.
 
Our Responsibility and Opportunity comes in the form of compassion.
 
Compassion involves:
 * Orderly Arrangement
 * Giving All; Taking All; Using All
NOTE: All seven loaves were given to Jesus, then Jesus took all seven loaves, and used all seven loaves to meet the need.
 * Thankfulness to God
 * Saving and Preserving whatever resource is left over.
 
God always multiples ~ Seven Loaves turned into Seven Baskets.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}