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Bible Meal Times

on January 22, 2015

 BIBLE MEAL TIMES

Memory Verse: Matthew 25:35 NIV

Life Application: Jesus uses people to meet needs.

Bible Text:

Matthew 25:35

Matthew 14:13-21

Matthew 15:30-38

2 Kings 4:1-7

Luke 4:38-39

2 Kings 4:8-17

 

 

God made food for us to enjoy and to make our bodies healthy. Food is one of man’s basic needs. Making and giving food to hungry people is one way to share God’s love with others.

Jesus Feds The Crowds

The New Testament tells of two different times when Jesus fed the people who came to hear Him preach. Shortly after the death of John the Baptist Jesus took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to a quiet lonely place. However, thousands of people followed Him there to hear Him. It grew late, and the disciples worried about feeding the crowd. They checked to see if anyone had food to share. All they found were five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus thanked God for the food and divided it between the disciples. They broke off chunks for each person. Everyone got enough to eat, and when they had finished, the disciples even collected twelve baskets of leftovers. Five loaves of bread and two fish had miraculously fed 5,000 people.

Matthew 14:13-21 NKJV

“When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Another time, Jesus had been teaching on a hillside for three days. The baskets of food that people had brought were almost gone. Jesus did not want His followers to go hungry, so He asked the disciples to collect whatever food was left. They found only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Just as before, Jesus gave thanks to God and divided up the food. That day, He fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

 

Matthew 15:30-38 NKJV

“Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.”

God Helps A Widow

God is loving and caring. He used a prophet named Elisha to help a widow in need. Before her husband died, he served God and cared for his wife and sons. Now he was dead and the widow had no way to pay her bills or buy food for their family. When she saw Elisha, she told him that she had bills to pay and no money.

 

2 Kings 4:1-7

“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

Elisha asked the widow what did she have in the house. Then Elisha gave her a word from the Lord. He told her to get her sons to go to all the neighbors and ask for jars and pots. When the jars and pots were gathered, she and her sons were to go into the house and close the door.

Elisha told the woman to take the little oil she had and pour it into the many jars her sons had collected. She poured and poured, but her little oil didn’t become empty until all the jars she borrowed were filled. Because the widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha, God blessed them and met their need. They were able to sell the oil and pay the bills.

 

Simon’s Mother-In-Law Healed

Luke 4:38-39 NKJV

“Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.”

Once after healing a demon possessed man in the synagogue Jesus went to Simon’s house. Upon arriving at the house He was told that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. The people at the house asked Jesus to heal her. So Jesus went into the room where she was laying down. Jesus rebuked the fever and it left her. She was healed! Simon’s mother-in-law immediately got out of bed and prepared food for them and served it to them.

 

Shunammite Woman Helps Elisha

2 Kings 4:8-17 NKJV
“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there. And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.”

Elisha often passed through Shunem on his travels. In that town there was a Shunammite woman who invited Elisha to eat with her and her husband. Every time Elisha passed by their area he would stop by and eat with them. The woman and her husband made a small room upstairs with a bed, and a table and chair in it for Elisha. When Elisha passed by their house he had a place to rest. Elisha was very glad to have a place to rest when he was traveling in that area. Elisha asked the Shunammite woman how he could repay her for all her kindness and concern. The woman told him that there was nothing she needed.

Later Elisha told the Shunammite woman, “About this time next year you will have a son.” The woman conceived, and had a son at the appointed time Elisha had told her.

Review

1. Jesus uses _________________ to meet needs.

2. Making and giving food to hungry people is one way to share God’s ____________ with others.

3. Jesus used five loaves of bread and two fish to miraculously fed ________________ people.

4. Another time, Jesus used __________________ loaves of bread and a few small fish to fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

5. A widow and her sons were obedient to Elisha and in return God __________________ them and met their need.

6. What was wrong with Simon’s mother-in-law?

7. What did the woman and her husband make for Elisha?

 

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