Monday, November 22, 2010

Grace, Redemption, Separation, Deliverance - Luke 9

Luke 9
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
The Lord is our provider, he makes a way where this is no way.  How good is it to have a God who is a creator, as compared to a destroyer?  Here is what gets me excited about God.  We have this situation where people need to be fed, and the number is 5,000 men alone (there very well could have been some women and children). 

Then I started to look at all the numbers mentioned in this book.

Five = Grace, redemption.
Two = deals with separation, things that are divided, or things that bring about division.

Fifty = deals in reference with deliverance or restoration of things.


I could not find any reference to 5,000.
The numbers were mentioned in the order of 5,2,50.

Here we have grace, redemption, seperation, and deliverance. 

So when Jesus fed the 5,000 he was ministering grace, separaption, and deliverance.  All functions of salvation.  We are shown grace, then we separate our selves from the world, and we are delivered from enemies.

And even then we have the miracle of supernatural provision for our needs.  

I love it when God shows me the hidden things.  Wow.

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