How many times did Jesus have to do something or say something until the disciples finally got it? The same with us. How many times do we have to read His promises in His word before we get it? How many times does the Preacher have to preach it before it sinks in? Why do we think we are any different than the people of His days on earth? They were just as mule headed as we are sometimes about things. They had just as much lack in their faith sometimes as we do.
Matt. 14 v 17 -21....But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away, you give them something to eat." And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to me." Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and all the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children......
The first time!
Matt. 15 v 33.... Then His disciples said to Him, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?"
Now, I know they didn't just ask Jesus that, after he just got through feeding the five thousand!!!
Matt. 15 v 34...Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?"And they said, "Seven and a few little fish."
What? They had more loaves of bread this time than the last time and less people to feed? Yet they still questioned Jesus???
Matt.15 v 35-38.....So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.......
The second time!!
Now later Jesus is trying to teach the disciples another lesson, but yet they are still stuck on this bread thing, and still questioning.
Matt. 16 v 7-10....And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up?....
Jesus is saying when are you going to get it? When will it sink in, that all you need to do is ask, and I will provide? When will you see that the circumstances make no difference? Whether it is five thousand or four thousand with 5 loaves or seven loaves, it just does not matter. He will provide. He will make a way. AMEN!
Matt. 19 v 26.... But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with GOD all things are possible."....
Are you with men, or are you with GOD?
RTB .....Matt. 13-15