“Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”
Mark 6:36-37, (NLT)
Send them away, said the disciples. Send them to go and find food to eat. However, Jesus said, feed them. Jesus was not just concerned about feeding them spiritually but was concerned about the total man. He knows what we need and He is concerned about us. The sheep walked away from their natural situations and environments. They walked into a place, to hear the teachings of The Good Shepherd. The disciples immediately focused on their natural ability to accomplish the task. Jesus’ assignment was a test of their faith. Here they stood in the presence of the miracle worker, and doubted. Jesus knew the assignment was beyond their natural ability, their finances and one only He could fulfill. He never gives us assignments, visions or dreams that our flesh can fulfill. He knew, the task of feeding the crowd, could only be accomplished by faith, leaning and depending on Him. He wants us to feed the crowd in and through Him. If it can be accomplished by the work of our hands, our flesh, our abilities, our talents only – it’s probably not the command from Him. If we don’t need Him to do it, there’s no glory for Him.