God Will Provide

John 6:11 - And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

 

Jesus will provide for us, not just to fulfill our desires or needs, but so we will know he is the eternal God, our eternal Saviour, our eternal Lord and our eternal judge.

 

I.    Verse 5,6 – Jesus questioned Philip concerning feeding the multitude of 5,000 men.

A.     Jesus always knows what he will do, it is our place to change from what we think and the way we think into what Jesus thinks and the way Jesus thinks.

1.      God puts all sorts of different things in our life’s paths to cause us to change the way we think.

2.      Nothing that happens to us happens by chance, but all things work together for the good of those that love God, to those that are called according to his purpose.

B.     Jesus did not question Peter, James, or John (the inner circle), but Philip.

1.      Jesus questioned Philip because it was important that Philip understand.

2.      Jesus wants all his disciples to understand who he is and what he can do. 

3.      It makes no difference if we are not a Peter, James, or John.

4.      I believe it is very important to understand that Jesus wants every child of his to understand.

5.      Sometimes it is in our minds that only the “important” people need to understand, but that is not so. 

C.     Philip replied that 200 pennyworth of bread (which is what they could provide) would not be enough for a snack, much less a full meal.

1.      All of us first look at what we have and do not look at what God can do.

2.      All of us should take the question of Christ concerning feeding the 5,000 as his command, not his suggestion. 

3.      God wants us all to be “stretched” in faith, so we can learn to trust him more and more.

D.     Andrew mentioned that a lad had two small fishes and five loaves of bread.

1.      Again, it is not Peter, James, and John that Christ is speaking to, it is Andrew, another apostle not in the inner circle.

2.      The lessons Christ wants us to learn is for everybody.

3.      It is not that one person should learn, and the rest do not need to understand.

4.      Andrew, like Philip, did not know what to do.

5.      Andrew, like Philip, was looking at what they had, not at what Christ could do.

6.      Looking at what is in front of us is a human trait, one we need to exchange for looking at the power of Christ and what he wants us to do.

 

II.    Verse 10 – There was obedience in the face of not understanding.

A.     We should always obey the word of God, whether we understand or not.

1.      The only way to truly understand is to do the word of God.

2.      Understanding often comes after obedience, not before.

3.      Many people struggle to understand what God wants them to do before they do it, and they never do what God commands them to do.

4.      If they would obey first, they would soon understand God’s commands.

B.     Some might think they cannot truly obey without complete understanding.

1.      The truth is that walking and living by faith is obeying when we do not understand.

2.      All of us want to walk and live by faith – right?

3.      Walking and living by faith is not understanding but trusting the Word of God.

 

III.    Verse 11 – Good things always happen when Jesus takes charge.

A.     Concerning good things – remember:

1.      Hebrews 11:32-35 – Some, by faith, received the good things of faith.

2.      Hebrews 11:36-40 – Some, by faith, received what we would call bad things because of  faith.

B.     The impossible will always be accomplished when Jesus takes charge.

1.      By Philip’s admission, he could not feed 5,000.

2.      By Andrew’s admission, he could not feed 5,000.

3.      All the apostles understood they did not physically have enough to feed 5,000.

4.      Jesus does.

C.     Jesus is able to provide from nothing at all.

1.      Jesus is able to provide all the financial needs of IBC.

2.      Jesus is able to provide all the financial needs of each person.

3.      All we must do is obey, even when we do not understand and when we do not see how it will happen.

D.     The chain of command of the church is never to be disrupted.

1.      Jesus returns thanks.

2.      Jesus  gives to the disciples (apostles).

3.      The apostles give to the multitude.

E.      The miracle occurs as Christ is obeyed.

1.      As the food is distributed, the food is multiplied. 

2.      The food is not multiplied until it is distributed.

3.      Jesus is very able to multiple food before it is distributed, but that is not walking by faith.

 

IV.    Verse 12 – We should never waste that which God provides.

A.     God is able to provide limitlessly, but that does not mean we should waste any of what he provides. 

1.      God has unlimited resources, but he wants us to take care and not waste that which he willingly and freely provides.

2.      It is not that God can not give us more, it is that we should appreciate what he gives us. 

B.     The apostles took up twelve baskets of food.

1.      The Bible does not record that the disciples even had a single basket before Christ fed the 5,000, not they not only have twelve baskets, but the twelve baskets are full of food.

2.      Twelve baskets of food is not so much when divided among 5,000.

a.       I suppose the basket is about the size of a bushel basket.

b.      Dividing 5,000 men by 12 disciples means that each basket was filled with the remains from 416.67 people. 

c.       Therefore we understand there was not much left over from any one person. 

3.      The Bible does not tell us what happened to the twelve baskets of left over food.