Sunday, October 25, 2009

100 orphans....5000 men

Douglas and I dream of helping African AIDS's a very long story- I won't tell it all here... suffice to say that I have had in the back of my mind for many, many years now the idea of buying a farm in South Africa that could support one hundred reality it seems so far fetched and out of reach.

Yet today's sermon was about Jesus feeding 5000 men( not including women and children)- 5000! As I was listening a thought became more and more persistent! If Jesus could feed more than 5000 from 5 loaves and 2 fish surely it is not too much for him to keep a hundred orphans? And then just as I was trying to convince myself I really was stretching the sermon beyond where it was meant to go....we came to Peter's "who do you say I am Peter?" Jesus asked. His response, "The Christ of God!"

"Who do you say I am, Joy?"

Do we I really believe that this Jesus who can feed 5000 + , the one who keeps the stars and moon and the universe in order with time and precision, do we really believe He can feed one hundred orphans? He is the one who paints each sunset, who germinates each seed, who sees each sparrow fall and cares....who asks us to take care of widows and orphans! Can He feed 100 orphans....why yes, of course He can, in fear and trembling I say, "He can".

Please pray we might somehow be instrumental in doing this. I am soooooo comfortable here in the wonderful land of Oz and sooooo happy, it is so tempting to say...."we'll do the fundraising, just leave that to me Lord, I am happy to do that - it won't be too hard....."
we all, each and every one of has to be willing to "go" if God wants us to go- don't we?

Pray that God would show us where He wants us to be and what He wants us to do and that we would be willing to do what He wants us to do!

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand, Luke 9:

10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 And they did so, and had them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” ( ESV)


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