HOW ARE YOU AT MATHEMATICS ? - Brief Bible Study on Mark 6:30-44 by Mike Winch
How are you at mathematics? Some people are absolutely brilliant. Others struggle. Many these days are dependent on calculators to work out their sums. We never had such luxuries when 1 was at school. We did our maths the hard way! Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division were not too much of a problem for me, but algebraic equations certainly were! In Mark 6:30-44 we see God's mathematics. His mathematics defy human logic as through His Son, He works supernaturally! Jesus, is faced with the need to feed 5,000 men plus the women and children. They are all starving! He said to His disciples, "You give them something to eat." (v.37). All the food available was a little lads "Five loaves and two fish." (v.38).
Jesus directed that all the people sit down. He trusted His Father and "taking the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then be gave them to the disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all." (v.41). Here is the miracle -
1. As they DIVIDED. He MULTIPLIED their scanty provision
2- As they SUBTRACTED from it. He ADDED to it
3. As they DECREASED it by distributing. He INCREASED it for distributing
Jesus never gives in short measure to those who trust Him. "They all ate and were satisfied." (v.42). There was more than enough, as "the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish." (v.43). Our God is the great Giver!
Do you find life a real struggle? Things don't add up. You never feel satisfied. God in His great love, gave His Son that you might know forgiveness as He paid your debt your sin on the Cross, that you might find peace and security now, and hope for your eternal future. Jesus said, " I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10). Today, Jesus invites you to come to Him to know life - with His great plus!