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Taking Inventory

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It is noteworthy that the narrative of feeding 5000 is recorded by all four Gospel writers (Matt. 14: 13-21, Mark 6: 32-44, Luke 9: 11-17, John 6: 1-14). It means, it was important to all four Gospel writers considering their audiences. Moreover, it has its place in the eternal Gospel of our Lord and Savior. So, we must study this miracle very diligently. Before the Lord performed this miracle of feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fish, we read an amazing command to His disciples, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see” (Mark 6:38 NKJV). Let us see: Why this command and what is our lesson from it?

Right before Lord fed this massive crowd of 5000 men, He heard the news of His forerunners’ brutal death by Herod; so, He wanted to be away from that area. Nevertheless, when He saw the crowd He “was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd (Ibid v. 34). Here we see His compassion as a shepherd; but we also see the other side of the coin – the compassion of His disciples. “When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat” (Ibid v. 35, 36). There was nothing wrong in their concern. Yes, indeed it was & is a bodily necessity to eat in appointed time. That was/is God’s wonderful design called the body. So, it is & was important to maintain the body. Matter of fact, they did the right thing – they went to Jesus to let Him know the condition that massive crowd.

In my understanding, they went to the source of the entire universe. Was that the right thing? Of course, it was. Nonetheless, the command was, “Go and see…” (Ibid v.38). It means the Lord wanted them to take inventory of what they have. Notice, He never told them to ‘go and check how many people were there in the crowd' but what they had. Means taking right inventory – not how many there were but what they had. The stunning numbers came back – two fish and five loaves of bread. Now, we see another dilemma in the term of Economy. Here they had demand of a massive crowd but the supply was not enough – not even close by. Neither any great economist nor any great accountant can tally checks and balances here. However, we should not forget that there was One present who was/is more greater then all economist and accountants – Jesus was there – the source of the entire universe. So, what He did? He simply blessed their supply to meet the demand. Was that enough? Of sure, it was more then enough. They had 12 baskets full of leftover. I’m sure some of them enjoyed leftover as some of us do.

So, what is the lesson? Do you have any demand, which is a necessity of this life? Does it seem too big for your supply? Do you have any report given by any world expert that your supply is too short for your demand? Still the command is same, “go and see what you have.” Simply, take inventory; inventory of supply, inventory of life, inventory of experiences with Him, inventory of your gifts, inventory of talents and inventory of what you have. Once you take this inventory, just bring it to His feet; whether it is your gifts, talents, money, and education whatever it may be. Unless, He blesses – your supply is not enough for your demand. Remember, He is the same Lord we are dealing day and night. According to His words, He never changes (Heb. 13:8). Just take inventory of what you have and bring it to His feet; He still multiplies. God Bless You!!

© Sten Daniel 2009

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