Mark 6:31 ESV
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Serving others is exhausting as every parent, minister and teacher knows! I love Mark’s telling of the five loaves and two fishes.
See what had happened in the beginning of the chapter is Jesus commissioned and empowered His disciples to preach the Gospel and cast out demons. They were so busy Jesus had to command them to rest. But while they are trying to get a break, everybody, that is five thousand plus individuals, hears where Jesus and His disciples are and interrupt their much needed rest. And all the moms say, “This is what happens every time I escape, I mean, go to the bathroom!”
The disciples tell Jesus, the people are hungry let them go eat. Which can be translated: “We’re REALLY hungry and REALLY tired of people. Here’s an opportunity to send them away.” But in true Jesus fashion he turns it around on His disciples. “Good job! You see their need! Now go feed them.” Which can be translated: “You are not capable of meeting the needs of others and yourself, my friends.”
Then Jesus is like, but I AM your satisfaction and I am able to take the little you have and meet the needs for those who are called and those who are being called. Jesus takes the bread breaks it and it is miraculously multiplied, satisfying the hunger of a small city essentially and His hungry posse.
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