Luke 9-10~ Day 27~Dwelling on His greatness!
I have heard the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 multiple times! Today, being the type to picture scenes, my mind went “off” thinking about the logistics of such a large group! I almost felt the panic the disciples must have had when Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” (9:13)
Did you know that the sanctuary at Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest seats 2900? I’m sure Saddleback Church has several bathrooms to accommodate their attendees! That may be a random thought for you, but it helps me visualize this crowd!
Anyway, back to the area that this crowd had gathered. It’s a good thing it was in a remote area! Imagine how big the field needed to be for everyone to sit down!! Also think how captivated these people were with Jesus! There was no sound system! They all had to be quiet to hear his words and the words of the disciples who went out among them to get them to sit down in groups of 50! Each disciple had to be in charge of around 9 groups of 50 (yes, I did the math!). Obviously, these disciples were beginning to feel what it was like being a leader. They already had experienced an independent ministry not having Jesus with them (9:1-6 & 10). Now they had to take charge of distributing food to over 450 people each! I hope the disciples had learned the art of delegating! Imagine as they handed bread and fish to the head of each group of 50! The bread was multiplying in their possession!! Can you imagine how big their eyes must of been!
I had to giggle when I was done reading, “They ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of broken pieces that were felt over.” (Luke 9:17) It sounds so mellow reading it, …they were satisfied….ho, hum, just another day out in the field..no big deal…
YES, it was a VERY big deal! The miracle of it can get lost as I quickly read our two chapters a day, check my box ✅ and move on with my day.
I guess Jesus wanted me to dwell on his greatness a little longer today!!
On a totally different note, since I just read Mark, it was fresh in my mind that he wrote, “After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain…” (Mark 9:2) Yet, in today’s reading, Luke writes, “About 8 days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.” (9:28)
It’s a good thing Luke wrote “about”! Did anyone else catch that?