Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Luke 9.10-17 Jesus Feeds the Multitude

Summary: Our Lord is compassionate. While He walked this earth, He met the needs of those who came to Him. He is still doing the same thing today.

1. A. This account of Jesus feeding the five thousand is in all four Gospels. Read the account in Luke 9:10-17 and in Mark 6:30-44. Briefly discuss any part of the accounts that hit you new and afresh.

B. Does this account have an Old Testament backdrop? Deuteronomy 8:2-3

C. As we apply this text to our daily lives, what were the disciples told when they asked, “Teach us to pray?” How did Jesus respond when tempted? How should we respond? What, or rather Who, did Jesus draw their attention to in John’s account, right after the feeding of the five thousand? Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 4:4, John 6:35

2. A. Quickly review the setting for this account. What impact was Jesus’ ministry having? Luke 9:9, Mark 6:14

B. After the disciples had gone out preaching and healing, what happened? Luke 9:10, Mark 6:30-32

C. They needed to get away for awhile. Did they get to? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:33

D. How did Jesus respond to the people? What is Jesus like, and by extension, what should you and I be like? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:34, Luke 7:12-13, 10:33, 15:20

3. A. What is a good shepherd like? What is God like? Numbers 27:15-17, Ezekiel 34:11-16

B. What do people need today? What does the church need today? Isaiah 53:6, John 21:15-17, Mark 6:34

4. A. After teaching the people, what happened? Luke 9:12-17

B. What is the Lord teaching His disciples in response to their expressed concern for their situation? Matthew 14:15-18

C. To whom should we turn to with our meager resources? Matthew 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11, Acts 27:33-35

5. A. Read the following verses and carefully note what happened. Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16

B. What principle of giving is demonstrated in this account? II Corinthians 9:10

C. What happened to the people? What is the Biblical principle here? Luke 9:17a, John 6:35, 48-51

6. Take note of a few principles we can draw from this account - It is not wrong to get away for a while; at times, it is necessary. The Lord is the compassionate giver of every good gift. We are to be involved in what He is involved in. We give Him our meager resources and He can do mightily with it. Do not neglect putting your resources at His disposal. All ministry is Him asking us to do things we cannot do without Him. He had compassion because He knew the people were sheep without a shepherd. Just as He kept giving, so we ought to keep giving, especially the word of God. John 6:25-35

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