Lesson 184-May 12. 2019
Lesson: “It’s Not Just Another Story!”
Scripture: Mark 6: 30-44
Lesson Goal: The Lord Jesus Christ-The Shepherd of our provision.
Introduction: Before we begin today’s lesson let us all stop and thank God for those wonderful and special ladies that have blessed our lives. Even as I write these words of introduction I have so many thoughts and emotions. Today is a special day that we set aside to honor our Mothers.
Today some Moms will be honored with a Facetime or Skype from loved ones in distant places. Still others will be honored with a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant. Countless Mothers will receive gifts, flowers, cards, texts, and calls all offering heartfelt love and affection. These are but a few of the ways that we try to demonstrate and show our appreciation to those that have touched and blessed our lives.
For some today will be a day of remembering. It will be a time when Mom is honored by our conversations of past times. We will remember the smiles, hugs, laughter, and tears. With each remembrance our hearts will pound with a love that is forever felt. We may honor her as we look at pictures of times shared as we walked the journey together. Through the smiles and even through the tears we remember how blessed we were to share those times together. Thank you Lord!
Not too long ago Cindy and I were sitting in Cracker Barrel enjoying a meal together when I noticed a woman sitting alone at one of the tables. What caught my eye and drew my attention was that she favored Mama (Granny) so very much. The white hair, short in stature, the wrinkles from the years, modestly dressed and humble in appearance. She reminded me in so many ways of Mama. Cindy and I chatted about the unusual resemblance and we could only wonder what was her story? Sitting alone eating, what must her journey of life have been like? Answers were left to our imaginations. As Cindy and I rose from our table to continue on our way, I with much respect asked the server for this dear ladies check. Unknown to the lady as we slipped past her on our way out a whisper went up to heaven giving thanks for the special reminder today and asking God to bless this unknown lady on her journey.
Thank you God for blessing us with the special and wonderful love of those that you have graced us by allow- ing us to walk together along this journey called life! On this Mother’s Day 2019 may God give us the grace, wisdom, and understanding to care for all those around us today.
Scripture for today: Mark 6:37, As the day grew late the disciples thought it best for Jesus to dismiss the crowd so “that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
(v37) “But He answered and said to them.” What He said shocked, amazed, surprised the disciples. What He said was not what they were expecting at all. It was a shocker to their expectations.
Question: Has there ever been a time when your expectations were shocked (amazed) by Jesus’ response?
Question: Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you knew the answer (solution) only to be amazed by Jesus?
The disciples were ready to call it a day. It was late, everyone was tired and hungry and somebody just needed to say “amen” and dismiss this multitude of people (mass of humanity, Ocean of people).
The disciples take the initiative and offered their suggestion on handling this dilemma (v36). (v37) But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
NOT WHAT THEY WERE EXPECTING!
From a human standpoint Jesus’ response seems outlandish. Please explain why?
We are told in verse 44 the number of men who were fed numbered about 5000. Many biblical scholars be- lieve that the total multitude that day may have been between 15,000 and 20,000!
As often as we do, the disciples were looking with eyes focused on the problem in a very logical fashion but Jesus was looking through the eyes “moved by compassion.” The disciples genuinely saw a need (hunger) of the people. Jesus saw “sheep not having a shepherd.” Jesus was going to meet the need of the hour but He was going to use this as an opportunity to point the way to an eternal truth.
There are many lessons within this lesson. This story of the feeding of what we call “The Five Thousand” is the only miracle of Jesus recorded in all four Gospels. Please invest time in reading each gospel writers ac- count: Matthew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13.
Please notice how under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit each writer offers their own Spirit lead details and facts.
Question: What are some of the lessons within the lesson?
1. Conversation with Phillip
2. Matthew’s part in the story
3. the lad’s willingness to share his fish and bread
4. “barley loaves”
5. twelve baskets full of left overs
6. Jesus blessing the food
7. 200 denarii
Question: What lesson can you take from Jesus’ lesson? Please answer thoughtfully and prayerfully.
IT’S NOT JUST ANOTHER STORY!