Heavenly Father, once again we come before You. We bow down at Your feet to listen to You, learn from You, grow in faith, wisdom, and maturity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 6: 30- 44
VV 30-32, ‘’30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.’’
The apostles reported to Jesus feedbacks from the mission field. From disciples, they had graduated to apostles. The disciples were sent out to represent Jesus. After hearing the sad news of John the Baptist’s martyrdom, Jesus took His disciples to a solitary place for rest and recreation.
VV 33-36, 33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
But they did not get any chance to rest. The multitudes followed Jesus on foot while they were on the boat. When Jesus landed and saw multitudes He had compassion for them. The Greek word for compassion is ‘’splanchnizomai’’ which means intestine. Jesus was moved with compassion because the people were like sheep without a shepherd and He taught them. It was getting late and the disciples were worried. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to buy food for themselves.
VV 37-38, 37 But He answered and said to 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 them something to eat?” 38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Jesus told them to feed them. 1 denarius was 1 day’s wage for a laborer. 200 denarii were 9 month’s wage! In today’s economy, if 1 day’s wage is 50 ringgit, 200 day’s wage will be 10 thousand ringgit. Jesus asked, ‘’How many loaves do you have?’’ and they reported, “Five, and two fish.”
VV 30-44, ‘’39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in 100s, and in 50s. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.’’
Only Mark commented that the grass was green as this was in the early spring of the Passover feast. Jesus organised the crowd to sit in groups of 100s and 50s. He looked towards heaven and prayed to God the Father. He multiplied the loaves and fish, gave them to the disciples, who distributed them to the people. Everyone ate until satisfied and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of leftovers. The size of the crowd was 5000 men, but women and children were not counted. The actual number of people on that day could be anything from 10,000 to 20,000.
Heavenly Father, You are a great and mighty God. You are God of the impossible. You multiplied food for so many people with only a meager amount. We claim the promise of Romans 8:37, that “in all things, we are more than conquerors”, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Romans 8:1-11, No Condemnation
Romans 8: 1-11, No condemnation
In Romans 7, Paul cried out in desperation, “O what I wretched man that I am!” In Romans 7, the personal pronouns, I, me, and my, appeared 19 times. In Romans 8, the words, the Holy Spirit appeared 19 times. In Romans 8, Paul cried out in victory. “There is therefore now no condemnation this those who are in Christ’’.
V1 there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Paid in full:
In Christ, we have a new status, a new birth, a new family connection, and a new address. The words “in Christ” appeared 87 times in the New Testament mostly in the Pauline epistles. A Christian is in Christ, whereas a non-Christian is in Adam.
The Greek word for condemnation is “katakrima” which means penalty or punishment. No condemnation means that Christians will never face punishments for their sins because Christ already paid the penalty of sins. When Christ died on the cross, He said, it is finished. The Greek word for it is finished is “tetelastai’ which means paid in full. John 5: 24, NIV, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life’’.
VV 2-4, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
There are two laws, the law of the Holy Spirit and the law of Moses. Christ did what we could not do. We could not keep the law of Moses, but Christ fulfilled the law of Moses on our behalf. God condemned sin in the flesh by sending Christ to die on the cross. We are free from the law of Moses when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ. The law of Moses is good but we cannot keep it because we are sinners. The law of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, superseded the law of Moses. Some scholars believed that the second part of verse 4, “who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’’ is not in the original because older manuscripts did not have this.
V 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Christians do not live according to the flesh but according to the Holy Spirit. The flesh is dead but the Spirit is alive. Christians do not set their minds on the things of the flesh but on the things of the Holy Spirit. Christians live and act differently from non-Christian. Christians are to be Holy, set apart, and sanctified. Sanctification is the process of growing into spiritual maturity and holiness.
VV 6-11, 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Death or Life:
To be carnally minded is death and in enmity with God. To be spiritually minded is life and peace with God. A Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit. A non-Christian is not filled with the Holy Spirit. The resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit ensures victory over sin.
Heavenly Father, thank You that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ because the punishment for sin has been paid in full. Help us overcome the struggle with sin through the resurrection power of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Your grace, in Jesus’ name, Amen.