As humans we use the word “starved” to describe what is most needed in our estimation. “I am starving, I could eat an elephant!” I’m sure if we were offered an elephant leg to chew on it we would most likely turn it down. He was “starved” for attention which means he is fully focused on what others are not giving him. She is starving for knowledge so she can excel in her project at work. Many people are starving for love and seek it in all the wrong places. (Old song with some reality.)
For weird reasons, I am putting myself in the minds of the crowds who have gathered. They are starved for the words of Jesus. They are starved for his healing touch to make their lives better, new, restored and reconciled. They are starved for a new normal without oppression, pain and disabilities. They want to see, touch, feel, walk and speak. They are starving for freedom. They are starving for Jesus.
Jesus is the answer to the starved without Him. Jesus is the bread of Life and the Living Water to drink. Compassionate Jesus even provides miracles of feeding their physical bodies.
AND get this…Jesus feeds the people before they realize they are hungry. Amazing. Amazing love, mercy and grace.
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.
“THEY ALL ATE and were satisfied.”
Jesus feeds the hungry who are starved for his love, mercy and grace. Jesus. Only Jesus, the Giver and Sustainer of Life.
Lord and Savior,
Thank you. Just thank you.
I believe. I am satisfied because of You.
In Jesus Name, Amen.