Wednesday, October 19
2 Kings 4:42-44 NASB
Now a man came from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.”
His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?”
But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’”
So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.
Matthew 14:13-21 NASB
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the crowds heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”
They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
Ordering the crowd to recline on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.
There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
The Kingdom of God is the most radical conception ever presented to the human race and it is the most secular—”May thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth.” It meant nothing less than the replacement of this present unworkable world order, founded on greed and selfishness and exploitation, with God’s order founded on love and service and mutual aid.
E. Stanley Jones, Is the Kingdom of God Realism?