Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on May 16, 2020

From the Heart - The Place of Nothing #2

 

Opening Scripture: Mark 6:30-52

 

As we get into the Word of God today can we celebrate the CONNECT TEAM for all they do.

 

This is a series called from the “From the Heart.” In this series I am sharing my heart with you but for you to know God’s heart for you.

 

Mark 6:30-52

30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

(Other Accounts: Matthew 14:13-32, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-21)

 

Setting the Scene:

Mark 6:1 - Jesus had just been rejected and could not do a great work in his home town.

Mark 6:8 - Jesus sent the disciples out they did miracles and healings.

Mark 6:14 - John the Baptizer is killed.

Mark 6:30 - Jesus Feeds the 5K.

Mark 6:45 - Jesus Walks on the Water.

Mark 6:53 - Jesus and the Boat land safely in Gennesaret.

 

And he began to teach them many things.35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”

 

What if Jesus is asking you to go to a desolate place?

What if Jesus is calling you to a desolate place so we quit seeing dimly and show you something deeper?

We don’t like to think like this. We always want the finished product, but what if Jesus has to do some plowing in the hardened areas of your heart first.

 

Because we see dimly, we mostly see what is missing and we miss what is possible.

Are we too familiar with your trouble to see our talent? We are more familiar with the barren and desolate places of “not enough” than we are with our Almighty Provider.

 

What if desolate places are simply God untouched canvases that he can us to do something He’s never done?

Impossible is the starting place of GOD.

  • A desolate place
  • The hour is late
  • 200 Denarii = 200 Days Wages

What if God waits until it is impossible for you, so you know that is was done by Him.  

 

I love this verse: John 6:9 “There is a boy here” who is uncounted because Matthew 14:21“The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

What many do not realize when they read this story that now, ‘looking back’ we see him as a hero, but in his day he was “uncounted and unqualified.”

            Essential vs. Nonessential People

 

John 6:9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

I, too often, discount the very thing God is counting on.

Some of you, people have counted you out, but many of you have counted yourself out.

Jesus is ready for us to recognize not just what you have, but who you are. Stand up to be counted.

 

What you think disqualifies you, may actually be your qualifier. When I came to the realization I was not capable or qualified God said, “you’re not that is why ‘I AM!’”

                                   

John 6:9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”

He had something, but the something he had was not sufficient.  

It was the little boy who was uncounted, but had something even though it wasn’t sufficient. The insufficient became a miracle when he entrusted it to the right Source.

Whenever we have something, but it is not sufficient, maybe it’s a seed that needs to be entrusted to the Source.

Jesus is unable to multiply what we do not recognize.

                                   

41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men. (Matthew 14:21 “…besides women and children.”)

 

The phrase “he looked up” means:

ἀναβλέπω anablépō, an-ab-lep'-o; from G303 and G991; to look up; by implication, to recover sight:—look (up), see, receive sight.

What if Jesus is calling you to a desolate place to get you out of seeing dimly and show you something deeper?

 

The people were satisfied by eating, but Jesus wanted them to be satisfied by seeing.

 

51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 

Notice he didn’t say, “They don’t understand the storm.” He said, for they did not understand about the loaves.”

Jesus wanted them to see that He was the Source of life by using the bread, later He would declare “I am the Bread of Life.”

 

What does Jesus want you to see that you are missing because you are so satisfied with the temporal you are missing the eternal.

Jesus, help us “look up.”

 

 

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