Jesus sent out the twelve to go minister, and after traveling and teaching, they returned. What does Jesus say they should do next?
Mar 6:31 “And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.”
How do they respond?
Did they tell Him they did not need to rest? Did they say, “Resting is ungodly” or “No times to waste on a sit-down meal or sleep, we must get going on our next trip”?
Their actual response: Mar 6:32 “So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.”
They went to a quiet place
They went by themselves
They try to get rest. But what happens? Jesus is saying they need rest and time to eat. Do they get their rest? How about time to eat?
Mar 6:33-34 “But the multitudes saw them departing, and…ran there on footfrom all the cities. They arrived before them… And Jesus…saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them…”
Instead of peace and quiet, the needy follow them.
Ever have this happen when you’re hoping for a quiet meal and some rest?
The disciples don’t get their alone time, but what about refreshment? Do they get that?
Mar 6:36 “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 [the multitude] away, that they may go…and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
They are all now in a deserted place with no bread (no refreshment).
Mar 6:37 “But He answered and said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ And they said to Him, ‘Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?’”
Basically: What! We don’t have extra food to give them. We came here for rest, we don’t have anything more left to give.
Mark 6: 38-41 “But He said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have? Go and see.’ And when they found out they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’…”
NOT Enough, Jesus, clearly!
Yet, what is Jesus’ response?
Mark 6: 42 “…when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled.
Jesus gives them what they need to feed the people. They didn’t have what they needed. They needed rest, BUT He provided the food they needed to serve and help the unexpected multitude of needy people who had come to them.
And what happens after Jesus gives them enough for the needy multitude?
Mar 6:43 “And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.”
He provides them not just with enough to be filled but also with each their own basket of refreshment.
Challenge: When you are in need of rest and food but are instead unexpectedly surrounded by needy people, remember, Jesus will provide not just for them but also for you.
(Originally posted on December 5, 2016)