Sorry People, No Caviar Here

In John 6.1-15, Jesus needs to feet a lot of people, the text says that he needs to feed 5,000 men, so if you add the women and children that must have been gathered as well, you come up with more than 5,000.  He ends up with one little boy’s lunch which consists of 5 barley loaves and two small fish.

Barley loaves were the least desirable kind of bread.  This was a lunch for a poor boy [which reminds me of the infamous Po’ Boy sandwich that one can find in the South, so called because it was made of up of ingredients that only poor people could afford, but I digress].   Now, if Jesus can turn five barley loaves into something that can feed 5000ish people, then he can certainly turn barley into better wheat, or nine grain bread, or even caviar!  The people all sit down and get to eat…wait for it…barley loaves.  As Bob Utley points out: “Jesus did not use his powers to provide expensive food.”  Just food was sufficient.

There is a lesson here.  God is interested in and willing to provide for our needs, not our every whim and wish.  This applies to cars and houses and medical care and food.  If you have a car that is the equivalent of a barley loaf and runs, be grateful.  If God has provided the equivalent of better than a barley loaf car, be extra grateful.

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3 Responses to Sorry People, No Caviar Here

  1. boscof16 says:

    That makes me feel a lot better about mom sending a PB and Ketchup sandwich with me to school…she was acting very Godly! Great point I’d never thought of, thanks for posting it. This does beg one thing that’s bothered me for a long time though. While visiting Jamestown Settlement with one of my kids on a school field trip a few years back, I was struck by the fact that many of the settlers appeared to be committed/dedicated Christians…..yet starved to death during the “starving time”. Of course they are not the only examples of Christians to starve in history. Doesn’t that fact fly in the face of God’s promises in Matt 6:25-27 and elsewhere? Just curious what thoughts were out there on this observation.

  2. murfmonkey says:

    Good question to which there isn’t any easy answer. I read somewhere of a diary of (if memory serves an actual missionary) who had starved to death while trying to reach unbelievers. It seems like the classic Westminster caveat to God’s promises is important. He will provide “as long as it serves our good and his glory.” If he doesn’t provide and we starve, while a painful process, are we better or worse off in the end? Certainly any martyr for Christ had to experience pain and suffering before they died, much like someone who starves. I have a feeling that if we could talk with Christians who starved or were martyred 30 seconds after their death, they would say, “it’s all good.”

    • boscof16 says:

      As I recall I didn’t say “its all good” with the PB and ketchup sandwich. I think I traded it for a twinkie or something! Good thoughts, thanks for your wisdom.

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