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The blessing of bread

Mark 8:1-9

Pastor David Ernst

Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Jul 15, 2018 

Grace and peace in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our text for today is the second story of the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish by our Lord. Again Jesus tested the faith of his disciples and again they failed the test.

Instead of reminding him with a joyful faith of the first feeding of five thousand in a place a few kilometers away, they began to look for a solution to the difficulty in total impotence. There were, in this case, not even villages or towns of easy access where supplies could be obtained. But when Jesus takes up the matter, although there are only seven loaves there and a few little fish, it is still enough for four thousand men, and there are seven baskets of fragments left.

So, what of us, all who are Christians or want to be considered as such, if we follow this example, not counting our blessings, but remain terrified by what we lack and begin to worry about ourselves first? Because if we conform to the Word of God with diligence and fidelity, there will be no need; Christ will take care of us, and it must follow that we will have enough to eat. Because it does not depend on how much or how little we have, but on His blessing.

Taking the seven loaves and having spoken a blessing over them, He broke them and gave them to His disciples to distribute among the people. Jesus never started a meal without remembering the thanksgiving due to the Giver of all good gifts and asking for His blessing over the food. He first teaches that we should use what God gives us, no matter how small, and accept it with thanksgiving, and know that Christ also wants to bless it so that it will prosper and be sufficient, even grow under our hands.

He adds His blessing prospers better and goes beyond the superfluous goods of unbelievers. Because, what do those who have many and great assets have without faith in Christ? They are deprived of God and His blessing, they are idolaters, captives of avarice, who do not dare to use their own goods or let others use it, or use it with a good conscience, nor are they happy with it. the ration they eat because of their greed and bad conscience.

When Jesus broke the bread and divided the little fish that had been found among the supplies, the food grew under his hand. Each time the disciples came back for more, he could often offer them to them, and they, in turn, passed them on to the people. Then they all ate of the food, and all were satisfied; none were remained hungry, although there were four thousand men who had enjoyed the hospitality of Christ.

Therefore, the Lord teaches us to ask for our daily bread in the Lordís Prayer. As the mall Catechism explains, bread does not consist only of bread, but of all our material needs. Moreover, God gives bread daily, also without our supplication, even to all the bad ones. But we pray with this request that He will make us recognize this and thus receive our daily bread with gratitude.

Look also at the similarity of the feeding of four thousand with the institution of the Holy Supper. The Lord took bread, and having given thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples. The Lord gives us not only the material bread, but also the spiritual food and drink in His body and his blood in, with and under the bread and wine. We can see, in this feeding of four thousand, the preparation of the ministers of the church to distribute the sacraments to the believers. As our reading of the Old Testament says (Isaiah 62: 6-12), "Over your walls, O Jerusalem, I have put guards; All day and all night will never be silent. Those who remember Jehovah, do not rest, nor give him respite, until He establishes and places Jerusalem for praise on earth. "The church is the new Jerusalem, and the guardians, their ministers called by God to preach the Word and administer the sacraments.

Because this table of the Lord is not for foreigners, that is, non-believers. "The Lord swore by his right hand, and by the arm of his power, I will never again give your wheat for your enemies' food, nor shall strangers drink the wine for which you worked. But those who harvested it will eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that gathered it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary. "The Lord's Supper is designed for those who enter the doors of their house in grace action.

As St. Paul also says in the epistle (Romans 6: 19-23), "But now, freed from sin, and made servants of God, you have holiness for your fruit, and finally eternal life." For a confirmed sinner, waiting for forgiveness without expiation is to expect the impossible. But, eternal life is a free, unmerited gift of grace and mercy. Therefore, we have the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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