Reading about the Kingdom: Mark 8

I have decided it would be beneficial to do a frequent posting on the things I read about the Kingdom of God.  I have no agenda other than to share what I feel led to share in my own readings, feel free to comment!

Today I read in Mark 8 the all-to-familiar story of Jesus miraculously feeding thousands of people in a situation where it is simply impossible to do so.  “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” the disciples say to Him (Mark 8:4).  But Jesus simply “directed the crowd to sit down on the ground.  And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they set them before the crowd…and they ate and were satisfied.  And they took up the broken pieces left over…” (8:6-8)

So I asked the question, how did Jesus do it?  I look at a story like this and want to believe he still does this today but if I am honest with myself I really struggle with it.  These people were in a dire situation and Jesus had the calmness and faith to have them remain with him and allow for a miracle to provide for their needs.  I would have been the one tosay, “See ya later, I need food and shelter so I am going back into town, good luck guys.”

But Jesus lived by a different set of rules, a different reality.  Where did this begin?  How could he confront such a difficult situation with such poise and belief in the miraculous.  He lived in and by the Kingdom of God.

First, Jesus is tempted and put into a very similar situation though by himself.  “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.  And he was with the wild animals, and THE ANGELS WERE MINISTERING TO HIM.”  (Mark 1:12-13)  He passes the test of being unable to provide for himself in a desert all alone FIRST, then, the Father gives him thousands of people to share the power of the Kingdom.

He learned in the desert that in the Kingdom of God, the Father is truly good and will provide all our needs.  He didn’t have to know how or why, but simply that His needs and the needs of others are secondary to a life in the Kingdom.  This is no spectacle, Jesus does not pause to make a memorial to this miracle, it’s simply how life is lived in His presence on earth.

We have nothing to fear, He is a Good Father who rules over our lives and this earth in love.  He already knows and provides for your needs daily and the rest of your life.  We can live by faith and in His peace as we trust Him with everything, not being consumed with the needs and distractions of this world but living abundantly in it as we watch His reign continue until Jesus return!


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