Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, February 14, 2014

1. The Multitude Following: 2. The Missing Faith: 3. The Miraculous Feeding: 4. The Many Fragments: 5. The Messiah Foretold.
Matthew tells us that the Lord desired to withdraw with His disciples to an isolated place by Himself; and when the multitudes heard of this, they followed Him on foot.

Every servant of God needs, a time of refreshing, a time when he can take off and get away from the demands and the pressures of the ministry.

1. The Multitude Following: 2. The Missing Faith: 3. The Miraculous Feeding: 4. The Many Fragments: 5. The Messiah Foretold.

In JOH 6:2, John saw it by seeing that a great multitude was coming to Him,

In MAT 9:36,  Matthew’s perspective was that the Lord felt compassion because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.

He noted that the Lord saw them in their lost confused condition as they were walking up the mountain lost and confused naturally as well as confused spiritually.

In MAR 6:34, Mark’s perspective was that the Lord observed saw a great multitude, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

LUK 9:11, – Luke noted that the Lord welcomed them and began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.

Four different apostles with four different perspectives.
Whenever anybody came to Christ He had time for them.

Whether it was an unbeliever or believer as in LUK 23:34 where He said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Even when a criminal came to Him we read that He said in LUK 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.

He was more interested with taking care of His mother instead of Himself in John 19:26-27: Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.

For us as believers He wanted us to hear the phrase in MAT 27:46: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

For believers in JOH 19:30 to hear the same thing: It is finished.

LUK 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

MAT 20:28  the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.

PHI 2:3,Do nothing motivated by contentiousness or ambitious pride, but with humility of mind [by means of grace orientation] let
each of you keep on considering one another as more important than himself;

PHI 2:4-5, do not merely be regarding your own personal interests, but also for the personal interests of others. “Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,”

His love was so great that in spite of their motives He met their needs.
“Look, it’s evening, we better get RID of this crowd because they’re going to get hungry. Let’s get rid of them.

That wasn’t Jesus’ way, He never got rid of anybody.

The closer we walk with our Lord, the more opportunities and responsibilities He will call upon us and challenge us to.

Those who are afraid of failing and therefore they never try anything,   Those who try anything because they’re not afraid to fail.

You can either be close to the Lord and have Him use you because you’re available,  Or, you can be like most Christians and stand far away from Him because you really do not want any pressure from Him to use you.

Philip was standing close to the Lord and therefore he will be used by TLJC.
It is much better to fail and learn the valuable lessons that the Lord will teach us then to sit back and not do a thing.

TLJC is on a top of a mountain and that’s about the last place that you would find a grocery store.

Philip is a believer with a human spirit, the issue is does he have any doctrine or is his human spirit minus doctrine?

This is a challenge or a test for Philip to say that “We don’t have to go anywhere to buy bread, You are the Son of the living God.”

It doesn’t say he was saying but he kept on saying – It is an imperfect-act-ind of the verb lego.

This verb translated our Lord “was saying” should be translated ”He kept on saying.”

Pres-act-part of the verb peirazo =  to test something, to test to see what’s inside of the individual being tested, to see if there is the doctrine needed or if there is not the doctrine.

When we use the word doctrine we simply mean by doctrine our Lord’s way of thinking about whatever the subject is.

Philip can apply the doctrine which he heard in the discourse of the temple about the deity of Christ or the fact that our Lord is God or not to this particular situation.

This he kept on saying to keep on testing him says the present tense….for He Himself knew what he was intending to do.

He himself knew is a perfect tense, which means that here is a passage where the Father told the Son, our Lord to operate in His deity, namely His omniscience.

Our Lord knew billions and billions of years ago in the past what He was about to do.

Pluperfect tense of the verb oida = billions and billions of years ago TLJC knew what the situation would be with the result that he was going to do something about it.

Here is what we saw in chapter 5, our Lord claiming the fact that He had omniscience.

Philip has heard the dissertation on the deity of Christ.

After hearing all of this does He have the ability to apply it?

He [our Lord] Himself knew what He was going to do.

If Philip only listened and applied the doctrine from Joh 5, he would have realized that TLJC was present with him and He has everything under control.

God brings certain things into our lives for the sake of testing us, no other reason?

This test is set out to prove something and He wants to prove something to Philip.

Verse 6 = “He said to him these things to test him for He Himself knew what He would do.”

He was trying to decide whether Philip really believed in His power, whether Philip had understood anything from seeing the majesty and the glory and the power of Christ and all the miracles that had been done.

These are called tests of trust.

Some times things happen in our lives for no other reason than to test our “trust”.

In DEU 8:2, the Lord told Moses to tell the children of Israel why He led them throughout the wilderness for forty years which was to test Him.

Gen 22 = God tested the trust of Abraham by telling him to give up his son Isaac on an altar?

GEN 22:1  Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham,

God tests our trust.

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