God’s bailout plan
Synopsis of sermon 02/14/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
All of us witnessed the decline of the financial market last year and it captured our attention and the attention of the entire world. We saw a sense of anxiety that was unmatched since the great depression. In response to the real-estate market hitting rock bottom and in response to the employment rate getting over 10%, Congress and the President decide to launch a bailout plan. This plan was designed to stimulate the economy so that jobs could be created, people could get back to work, and money could get to circulating again. Many people still wonder if the bailout plan was really worth it. When they see companies still giving out big bonuses and people still searching for jobs, they wonder when the bailout plan is going to get to them. Some people still want to know if it will stimulate the kind of growth that was initially projected. It is good to know that our destiny is tied to the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of this world. Jesus has a bailout plan for his children. No matter what your situation looks like and no matter what statistics say, God can handle any situation that will come into your life. God will step in and send a miracle and all you can do is say it was a bail out. Sometimes when you go to church and acknowledge a bailout, it suggests that you realize that you can’t do anything else. When we have exhausted all of our resources, we come to a place that we can’t go and do it by our self. We can’t see our self coming out and we realize that we need help from a greater authority. It is not uncommon to look through the scripture and see that time and time again, God bailed people out. Whatever has got you nervous; know that God has a bailout plan for you.
Today we will preach to our thesis. The whole lesson is really going to be an introduction. This lesson is really about the miracle that Jesus performed by feeding the 4000 in the wilderness. Prior to this, Jesus had fed 5000 (the multitude). On this occasion, there are many people that had been with Jesus for a few days and they had not eaten. Jesus has compassion on them and what we see (reading this) is a series of events that remind us of some things. First:
I. God is concerned about your situation.
1. The people were hungry. Jesus looks out and says he has compassion for them. Mark 8:1-2 says 1In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:- It is important to know that God has your situation under divine observation. Some people might not pick up on your struggle when they are around you all the time. Some people miss it on their radar. Jesus knows and he cares. If he watches over the sparrow, you know he watches over us. God knows what we are going through and since he knows, he has already launched a plan to help us get out of it. It doesn’t matter if you think nobody cares or nobody knows what you are going through. Jesus has compassion and he already knows what your situation is.
2. Why does Jesus take so long to respond to their hunger? Being with Jesus doesn’t exempt you from having a need. Because you are in relationship with God, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have any struggles in your life. Every now and then, this may be a test.
3. He might not show up on the first day to test.
a. Authenticity of your discipleship. Will you move if God doesn’t do what you want him to do? God is sovereign and he comes when he gets ready. He is good whether he does what we want him to do or not.
b. Acknowledge your dependence on him. Sometimes God will put you in a situation where your resources can’t do it, so you will be forced to look at him. We thank God that we stopped looking to people and started looking at God for help.
4. There is a revelation found in the 3 days. It was after the crowd had been with Jesus 3 days that God fixed the problem. 3 days mean “God’s will perfected”. Ex- Jonah was in the belly of the whale for 3 days. Jesus died and got up on the 3rd day. God’s will is perfected. When God sees his will perfected in your life, that’s when he will show up.
5. Jesus was concerned about send the multitude away. Mark 8:3 says 3And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. – Jesus says he can’t send the people back looking faint from hunger. If they would have left faint, it would come back being an issue with Jesus’ credibility. No matter how bad a situation is God will take care of us. His reputation is on the line. We will not leave him the same way we came. We thank God that he values the fact that we follow him. God is not the kind of God who would just leave us. He has a bail out plan for you.
II. Gods commands are specific
1. The disciples want to know how they will feed the multitude. Mark 8:4 says 4And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? –The disciples want to know how they are going to deal with the issue of the crowd being hungry. Well let’s remind you of the prophecy of Isaiah. Remember the time you shouted on this particular scripture, but I bet you never read it all the way through. Isaiah 43:19 says 19Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – God says he specializes in making ways for us in the wilderness.
2. Sometimes what God asks you do will seem crazy.- Mark 8:5-6 says 5And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.6And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. Jesus asks the disciples how many loaves of bread they had. They responded by telling him they had 7 loaves. Seven means completeness. We have to put everything on the line and God will do the rest.
3. Jesus says give him everything you have. Zechariah 4:9 says 9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.- You have to get to point that your recognize that God can take your little and make it much. Stop talking about what you can’t do. Everything that God will do in your life will start with a little. Just give God all that you can. Ex- God isn’t asking for all your money. He just asks for one dime. After all of what God gave you and after all he has done for you, how can you fuss about one dime? We have to think back to Kings 17 where the woman gave all that she had. 1 Kings 17:11-17 says 11And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.12And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. 13And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. 14For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. 15And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. 16And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.- God turned around and blessed what she had
4. How does God do this?
a. Examines our posture. They are not sitting on plush grass in the following scripture. Mark 8:6 says 6And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. – This represents a tough place. Can you sit in a tough place and see realize that God has it under control. God is trying to work it out for you.
b. The process- Jesus breaks the bread after giving thanks and then he gave it to the disciples to distribute it to the people. This would not be the last time that he would do this (i.e. The Last Supper). Verse 6 says Jesus took what the disciples had, blessed it, then broke it and then gave it back to them. This is the process God will use to get a blessing in your life. God will have you sit in a hard place, he blesses you, he breaks you, and then after he breaks you, you are ready to be given in a greater way. The only way God can use you is you have to be broken. Note that if he breaks you, his hand is still on you.
c. Provision- The distribution is about provision. God tells the disciples to lay the loaves before the people. Just like this, God is going to lay our provisions or our blessings at our feet.
III. God can change your situation.
1. Everyone ate and was filled. Mark 8:8 says 8So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.-Everyone ate and was filled. This verse says all 4000 of the people ate and were filled.
2. Jesus sent them away after they were filled. Mark 8:9 says 9And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away. – This scripture says he sent the multitude away after they were filled. Remember in verse one; the scripture said they did not have anything to eat. Jesus called the disciples together. Remember in Mark 8:2 it says 2I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: Mark 8:4 says 4And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? -The disciples wanted to know how they would be able to feed these people.
3. Jesus asked the disciples how much they had. Mark 8:5 says 5And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. – The disciples said they had 7 loaves. To look at this, there are 12 of them with 7 loaves between them. The disciples had the position that they would be cool, because they had 7 loaves between them. What they didn’t know is how were the people going to eat?
4. Jesus’ response would be a message to the disciples. Jesus said tell the people to sit down, because he could see that they were tired. He asked disciples to give him what they had. He blessed it and gave the disciples what he blessed. He told the disciples to set it before the people.
5. After Jesus sent the people away, he got on a ship with the disciples. Mark 8:10 says 10And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
6. Jesus encounters the Pharisees. Mark 8:11 says 11And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
7. They were looking for signs. Mark 8:12 says 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. – Some people are asking the Lord for a sign. God says he doesn’t have to give us signs.
8. The disciples forgot the bread this time. Mark 8:13-14 says 13And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. 14Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. – This scripture says the disciples forgot the bread this time. They only have one loaf this time.
9. Jesus warns them to take heed. Mark 8:15 says 15And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. – Jesus says beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. This means the Pharisees didn’t have the ability to rise to this level. They were still looking for signs,
10. Jesus says they are still immature. Mark 8:16 says 16And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. – The disciples were still immature. They wondered was Jesus saying this because they didn’t have any bread.
11. Jesus is concerned that they still don’t understand. Mark 8:17 says 17And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?- Jesus wants to know why their heart was so stubborn.
12. Jesus wonders why they still don’t see. Mark 8:18 says 18Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?- Jesus doesn’t know why they still don’t see.
13. Jesus reminds them of what he has done in the past. Mark 8:19 says 19When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. – Jesus reminds the disciples that he fed the 4000 previously when they only had 7 loaves of bread.
14. Jesus reminds them if he did it then, he can do it now. 1 Kings 8:20-21 says20And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 21And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.- In verse 20, Jesus asked the disciple how many people he fed before? In verse 21, Jesus reminds them anything that he did before, he can do it now. Just like this, why do we need a sign? After looking back at all Jesus has done for you, why would you need a sign. If he bailed you out before, why do you need a sign? We know that God will do it and we leave here without a doubt in our mind!