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May 9, 2022

Offering Our Little to Bless Many

Mark 6:34 And getting out, He saw a great crowd, and He was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things. 35 And when the hour had already become late, His disciples came to Him and said, This place is deserted, and the hour is already late; 36 Send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy for themselves something to eat. 37 But He answered and said to them, You give them something to eat. And they said to Him, Shall we go away 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 found out, they said, Five, and two fish. 41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish and, looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve full hand-baskets of the broken pieces of bread and of the fish. 44 And those who had eaten the loaves were five thousand men.

We all know that the Lord used five loaves and two fishes to feed the five thousand (vv. 38-42). John 6:9 tells us that these five loaves were barley loaves. In figure, barley typifies the resurrected Christ (Lev. 23:10). Thus the barley loaves signify Christ in resurrection as food to us. The loaves are of the vegetable life, signifying the generating aspect of Christ's life, but the fishes are of the animal life, signifying the redeeming aspect of Christ's life. To satisfy our spiritual hunger, we need Christ's generating life as well as His redeeming life. Both of these aspects are signified by small items--loaves and fishes. The five loaves and two fishes also indicate that whatever we have of the Lord we need to bring to Him so that it may become a great blessing to many others. The Lord often uses what we offer to Him to provide for the need of others. We should not look down on our experience and say, "We don't have much of the Lord. We have not experienced much of Him." Look at what the Lord can do with five loaves and two fishes. The Lord does not require more than we have. If we give Him what we have, He will bless it. When we present what we have to Him, He will pour out the blessing, bestowing His unlimited blessing on what we present to Him. (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 173-174. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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