August 2, 2009
Speaker: Pastor Gregory Bishop
Passages: Mark 6:30-44
Pastor Gregory Bishop is from León de Judá in Boston and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell. We actually are good friends with a friend of his, only two degrees of separation. He preached about the famous Jesus feeds the five thousand passage and you can hear the sermon here.
The disciples had gone out on a mission trip, driving out demons and healing the sick. Now after giving and ministering they might be feeling depleted. They want to go back to their mentor, Jesus, to process what they experienced.
Now a bombshell has dropped. John the Baptist has been executed.
Jesus saw the crowd that had followed him and the disciples and he had compassion on them. John the Baptist is gone. The people are hungry. Jesus asks the disciples to feed them.
The disciples calculate how much it would cost and say it’ll take eight months of wages to pay them. The disciples are focusing on what they don’t have. Jesus tells them to find what they do have, lift it up to the Lord and see what happens. The disciples are way out of their comfort zone.
For the Jews listening to this story they would have a flashback to the manna in the desert. Numbers 11:4-23. “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
“Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.” Mark 6:39
“He makes me lie down in green pastures” Psalm 23:2a
In college Pastor Gregory Bishop worked as a security guard. He wanted to improve his high school Spanish so he would talk to the Latino workers. One day he noticed one person, Diego, always ate alone. He looked like the type of guy who was up to no good but he decided to try to meet him.
One lunch time he went up to Diego and asked him if he could sit with him. Diego asked him if he was a Christian and asked if he could go to his church. Gregory ended up taking Diego to a Hispanic church. It turned out Diego was indeed up to no good and was leading a cocaine cartel. But in prison he became Christian!
Fed to feed.
At the end the disciples picked up all the leftovers. If this was a typical church gathering much of the food would have been thrown away. What did the disciples do with it? They picked up twelve baskets, one for each disciple.
We will shepherd.