Mark 8:2

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Friday March 24, 2023

Mark 8:2
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued
with Me three days and have nothing to eat.”

All the accounts of the miracles of the loaves bring out Jesus’ practical realization of the needs of humanity.

This spiritual man had a clear vision of the natural requirements of daily life.

As He stood speaking to these great multitudes, He noticed that they had brought nothing with them to eat. At once He sympathized with them. Of course He also saw that these people were in greater danger than that occasioned by their lack of food.

But this did not prevent Him from seeing the lesser need and relieving it.

He called to His disciples and apprised them of the situation. The account does not really make it clear whether they had seen the need of the people or not. But as they now began to think about it, it seemed hopeless to them. Bread for so many! Out here in the wilderness! They had enough for themselves, seven loaves. But what was that to feed a multitude of four thousand people?

Then they hear Jesus inviting the people to come and eat. What is He thinking of? He has only seven loaves!

But He takes them calmly and lifts His eyes toward His Father in heaven in thanksgiving and prayer. Then He bids the disciples distribute the bread among the people.

And the miracle takes place, as quietly and simply as everything else God does.

In common with the first disciples of Jesus, we have the idea that Jesus thinks only of our spiritual needs and offers to help us only in that connection. As a rule we think that our physical and temporal needs lie beneath the horizon of Jesus’ thinking.

Today Jesus would tell us that He provides for all our needs.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, translator Clarence J. Carlsen (Augsburg, 1994)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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