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"It's Left Over Time"
TEXT: Mark 8:1-9
"Surrounded by luscious life giving food—not to mention having 24-7 in-the-flesh access tothe One who created that food and them—our first father and mother listened toa deceiver and decided they just had to have something else. And ever sinceAdam and Eve and their children down through the ages and still in these LatterDays have been making bad, that is to say evil and deadly decisions based uponthe fact that they get caught up in lies and are never satisfied.
"It is into this very world of dissatisfied children that our Lord steps once againin our Gospel lesson."
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Have a blessed week as children of God, our Father in heaven, through His Son, our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..
A servant of the Word and His folk,
Trinity Lutheran Church
his disciplesanswered him, "How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolateplace?" 5And he asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" Theysaid, "Seven." 6And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground.And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gavethem to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before thecrowd. 7And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, hesaid that these also should be set before them. 8And they ate andwere satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven basketsfull. 9And there were about four thousand people. And he sent themaway.
DearCreatures of God,
I don't know about you, but I have to wonder what they did with thoseleftovers.
Oh, boy! It's leftover time.
Whenis the last time you paused to consider The Miracle of Daily Bread? Have youever?
Iwould suggest that in order to impress this upon your own sinful hardenedheart, clouded reason, and misdirected desires pray this prayer of David beforeyour family meal as we find presented to us by Dr. Martin Luther in the SmallCatechism [Read LSB p. 327 with the Explanation to the 4th Petitionin place of the entire Lord's Prayer].
As you have just confessed together here, in THEFOURTH PETITION of the Lord's Prayer we beseech our Lord: Give us this day our daily bread.
72 Here, now, weconsider the poor breadbasket, the necessities of our body and of the temporallife. It is a brief and simple word, but it has a very wide scope. For when youmention and pray for daily bread, you pray for everything that is necessary inorder to have and enjoy daily bread. On the other hand, you also pray againsteverything that interferes with it. Therefore, you must open wide and extendyour thoughts not only to the oven or the flour bin, but also to the distantfield and the entire land, which bears and brings to us daily bread and everysort of nourishment. For if God did not cause food to grow and He did not blessand preserve it in the field, we could never take bread from the oven or haveany to set upon the table.
Furthermore,do you think God the Father created you, delivered you into this world, had Hisonly begotten Son suffer and die for you, and has born you into the kingdom ofheaven by Holy Baptism would then be negligent in seeing to your ongoing needsof body and soul?
"Theearth would have to run out of bread or the heavens would have to run out ofrain before a Christian would die of starvation.; indeed, God Himself wouldhave to starve to death first." Luther's Works, Vol. 21, p. 207 on Matthew6:33
Scriptureis full of examples of how the Lord takes care of the bodily needs of those wholook to and abide with Him as they hear His Word. Today we have two suchexamples set before us—Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and a great crowd of4000+ who had followed Jesus on a three day journey and had virtually run outof food as they were gathered in that "desolateplace."
Andso we pray and sing with David: The eyes of all look to You, [O Lord,] and you give themtheir food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires ofevery living thing. If only every living thing would let Him! Thatis His desire—to satisfy your desires.
Edenwas a garden of food—with only one tree off limits. 8And the LordGod planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he hadformed. 9And out of the ground the LordGod made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good forfood. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of theknowledge of good and evil. . . . 15The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden towork it and keep it. 16And the LordGod commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall noteat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Ofcourse that was the one that the devil used to attract Adam and Eve and leadthem into sin.
Surroundedby luscious life giving food—not to mention having 24-7 in-the-flesh access tothe One who created that food and them—our first father and mother listened toa deceiver and decided they just had to have something else. And ever sinceAdam and Eve and their children down through the ages and still in these LatterDays have been making bad, that is to say evil and deadly decisions based uponthe fact that they get caught up in lies and are never satisfied.
Itis into this very world of dissatisfied children that our Lord steps once againin our Gospel lesson.
The LORDis righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The LORD is near to allwho call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of thosewho fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:15-19
So,the same God who walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden hasbeen walking and talking amongst the crowd gathered around Him for three days.
Hehas been feeding them the Bread of Life—the very words that proceed from themouth of God to identify the lies that they have been following, call them torepent of their sinful dissatisfaction, forgive them their sin, and deliverthem from the lies to the truth that gives real satisfaction and everlastinglife in the kingdom of heaven.
Thesame Lord from whom Adam and Eve fled, thus bringing a curse upon the earththat causes us to this day to labor for our daily bread and suffer and die fromthe very things we eat and put into our bodies, this same Lord once rejected inthe Garden of Eden and who will once again be rejected in the Garden ofGethsemane and put to death on a cross has compassion on those who have beenlistening to His preaching the kingdom of heaven and feeds them earthly food aswell.
Hetakes from the meager supply left among the thousands—seven loaves of bread anda few fish—and feeds them all so that would not feint from hunger on their longjourneys home.
Nowcertainly this a great and wondrous miracle that our Lord performs and a greatdisplay of His compassion for the children of God. But how He does it is alsoimportant and instructive for us today. "Hedirected the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, andhaving given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set beforethe people; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few small fish.And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them."
TheLord gathers the people and has them rest. He takes of the dwindling supply thepeople have brought with them and multiplies that supply because He is the onefrom whom those loaves and fish came in the first place and with the Son of Godcomes an endless supply of all that is truly needful for both body and soul.
ButJesus doesn't just take the fish and loaves and cause them to fall out of thesky into the people's mouths, or to appear out of nowhere before the people, ortransport them telekinetically through the air into their laps. No, he takesthe loaves and fishes and breaks them into pieces and gives them to "to his disciples to set before the people;and they set them before the crowd. And they ate and were satisfied."
Dearchildren of God, that is still how our Lord works today. It is why you arehere, why our Lord has gathered you in this "desolate place" today. It is why He continues to gather peoplearound His Word and Sacraments in otherwise "desolate places" all over the world--to feed you with His Bread ofLife that sustains you for eternal life. And He does it through servants intowhose hands He has placed the pieces He Himself breaks off to feed to you.
Inthe hands of our Lord is an endless supply of all that you need—and more! And they took up the broken pieces leftover, seven baskets full. And there were about four thousand people. And hesent them away.
Hesent them away to go back to their homes and their families and their neighborsand their daily work to tell others of the wonderful things He had done--to establishchurches where God's ministers preach the Word among them for eternal life, andto serve their neighbors (that begins with the closest of neighbors, aka familymembers) that they also might have the food and other necessities of life herein this world and for the world to come.
Dearcreatures of God, what you see in our Gospel text today is Christ's restorationof what was lost in Eden—at least the beginning of that restoration and"foretaste of the Feast to come." And our Lord gives you an even greater andmore miraculous taste of that restoration and "foretaste of the Feast to come"as often as you come to the table of the Lord in His house, He has more thanenough to feed you and send you away back to your daily life to serve yourneighbor--just as He has for thousands of years and billions of people. So comeoften to eat and be satisfied. Our Lord always has enough grace and mercy toforgive the sins of those He has brought to repentance. He always has enoughwater to pour over another sinner's head to baptize them into the kingdom ofGod. He always has enough bread and wine to feed you His very own body andblood for the forgiveness of sins. For from the beginning of creation God has establishedthat there will always be daily bread for all of His creatures—especially youwhom He has created and redeemed to be in His image—with plenty of leftoversfor every generation to come, even unto the Last Day and life everlasting— inthe name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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