42 In the consideration of our Lord

Luke 9:10-17
T Welcoming with pleasure

@We have watched the determination of Herod that was sandwiched between the dispatch of the apostles (6) and homecoming (10) last time. It is from the homecoming this morning. "And when the apostles returned, they gave account to Him of all that they had done. And taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida." (10) I cannot touch the contents of report that the apostles did, but because there is it in Mark, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while." (6:31), surely they would work until worn-out. Desolate place, it is Bethsaids, the north end of the Sea of Galilee; and it is a territory of brothers Philippos of Herod. And it was a town of Peter, Andrew, Jacob, and John, too. In that neighborhood, there would be the quiet place where the person rarely came to that became the slope of the mountain. Jesus often came to that slope and seemed to pray. It was thought for 20-30 minutes from Capernaum by a ship, but possibly He might choose that land to avoid the hand of temptation of Herod. In fact, the party of Jesus and disciples goes north from there to Philippos Caesarea, and the change mountain; and they would pass just straightly by Galilee district and go south, and would aim to Jerusalem, this time. This going to Bethsaida was a chance to leave the Galilee district.

@This was such their going to Bethsaids, but people who loved Jesus did not consider their rest at all. It is very selfish, and people will be always such things. Would they become afraid because Jesus disappeared by ship? "Jesus surely went there"; then they ran after Him to Bethsaids. However, Jesus "welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.". (11) "Welcoming them"; it is the word of meaning "welcoming heartily"; only Luke uses it, but, Mark expresses it, "He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without shepherd.". (6:34) Jesus would have accepted such people. Jesus always put off oneself and worked among such people all the time. His thought to such work might be gathered on the event of the cross.

U The person having full power of the Lord

@"And the day began to decline, and the twelve came and said to Him, 'Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and country side and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.'". (12) The work of disciples who should have come to take a rest was wonderful, too. Because Jesus was so. They completely forgot the purposes that came here and seemed to take care of a large number of people busily. They might show result of the training that walked over towns villages thoroughly. "He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing."; would not the apostles participate there, too? At the past time, they relied to Jesus about everything, and it was not thought that they would advise Jesus on something; but they said "Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and hind lodging..."; it comes to float that they have grown on various things as preachers. However, because this crowd were thousands of people, even if they break up this crowd, it was difficult to find hotels and foods in this neighborhood, and their judgment was still sweet, I think.

@However, Jesus was said. hYou give them something to eat!h (13) We must hear it according to that words really. How must they have done it? Jesus did not say anything about the method; but the apostles were demanded to feed these a large number of people really. This demand was a big challenge for their faith. The faith to God, it is required until there; we modern people must know it, too. Unfortunately, we say hsuch a thing is impossibleh, and we give it up, or we go through it by some kind of interpretation. However, while they were sent to towns villages, they did such experiences that they were fed by God many times. Even for us, we have many experiences that we have been fed by God many times, I think. However, we decide, "such a thing is impossibleh from a head. Once, prophets were fed by a crow (1 Kings 17:6) , and met oil in an empty pot (2 Kings 4:1). Pray for such work of God. But do you think that people can receive a blessing of God without your praying? This was general settlement of account of the training that Jesus demanded from them. We want to remember that the each person having full power of Jesus are superior than Moses, Elijah and Elisha.

V In the consideration of our Lord

@"We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy for all these people." (13), "For there were about five thousand men." (14) It will be natural that the modest apostles, ones who never think that they were not people superior than prophets, said in this way according to something about everything. We also are the people having such an idea. However, according to a parallel article of John (6:9), these five barley breads and two small fishes are the things which held out the thing which one boy had. Would not it be the work that God could do? A certain person says, when people saw that a small child hold out the things which he has, they felt shame and held out the food which they have in sequence, and this miracle happened from there. But it is not such a low dimensional problem. It is law of nature to admit obediently that this is the wonder of God.

@Jesus received the limit that they say "It is impossible". "Have them recline to eat in groups of about fifty each." (14) "And they did so, and had them all recline." (15) To make a large number of crowds the controlled group, like that; we can see their growth here. Would Jesus demand their entry to this wonder, while He is wishing to want them to become further persons? It is here, "And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven. He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they all ate and were satisfied" (16-17). The event that a large number of people have eaten enough when they appealed for "food"; it remind us, when Israel left Egypt were in the wasteland of Sinai Peninsula, God had been met them with mana and meat for 40 years (Numbers Chapter 11). They picked up only quantity necessary in evening and in morning, but here, Jesus put the hand of apostles through to meet the starvation of the crowd. As for the wonder that Jesus gave a large number of people food, there is an event of 4,000 lunch which performed in Decapolis (Matthew 15:32-38), but Luke omits it and writes down only this event. Surely he would think that training to let the apostles experience a blessing of God, and only this event is enough. Probably, Luke, in times when he built a church with Paul, had also experienced such wonder many times, I think.

@Because this article is the only miracle recorded in the all four Gospel, it seems that the initial church confesses this as a important testimony that Jesus is the Messiah; but another record is added to here. It is here, "and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full." (17). The ones who became hungry, disciples were also same. This basket was a small thing for carrying, and this was intended to meet their hunger that took care of the crowd without eating anything. We feel the perfect consideration of our Lord at here. Modern we also are invited to the consideration of such a tender of the Lord. How happy we are!