Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, March 2, 2014
NEH 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
Scripture always focuses on the issue of the heart, rather than the form one uses, just like your position when praying.
How the Lord desires to use that which we have provided for Him within ourselves for Him to use for His own glory.
We have a more accurate description of what really happened in the other Gospels, as they all saw the same event but in a different way and with a different emphasis. He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes,
He kept giving them to the disciples [and this time]
kept giving them to the disciples to set before the multitude.
Matthew says He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the multitudes, Mark says He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all.
Luke says He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the multitude. And John says He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.
The Lord kept on giving bread and fish to the disciples so that they would distribute to the multitude sitting, as much bread and food that they desired.
God is pleased to use human instruments and give us the privilege of being what 1CO 3:9 calls “laborers together with Him.”
TLJC fed the hungry multitude through His disciples and they distributed as God gave the increase.
MAT 4:18-19, And walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
LUK 16:12 “And if you have not been faithful in a ministry of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
ROM 15:20-21, I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named or preached, that I might not build upon another man’s foundation; but as it is written, “They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard [about TLJC in detail] shall understand.”
1CO 3:7-9, that neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
It is the duty and responsibility of every child of God to pass on to others what the Lord has given to them.
The job of the disciples was to faithfully distribute the loaves and the fish.
They were not to make the men evaluate the bread before they received it. Neither were they to make them eat. Their job was to distribute.
They were not to condemn the people into eating.
The pastor’s responsibility is to seek bread or the word himself at the hands of the Lord and then set it before the people.
What the people do with the bread or the Word of God is strictly their own right and responsibility.
Humility and grace orientation are always related to grace promotion.
Humility comes teachability, And from teachability comes doctrinal orientation.
Who are prepared people? They are people who have bread.
Bread represents doctrine. Bread is a reference to TLJC coming down from heaven or the Word becoming flesh.
God uses prepared people.
TLJC did not look at the loaves and the fish and mock them because they were few in number.
He used the tear of a baby to move the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter, – the baby was Moses.
He used the rod of Moses to work mighty miracles in Egypt; EXO 4:1-5.
The Lord used David’s sling shot and a small stone to overthrow Goliath, the Philistine giant.
He used a little child, as in our passage Joh 6, to teach His disciples a much needed lesson in humility.
In Judges 15:15, He used a man named Samson to kill a thousand men with the jawbone of an ass.
JDG 15:14-16, When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it. Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men.”
ZEC 4:10, we read “Do not despize the day of small things.”