You can eat the grass in the pasture. You know, you can, like, graze. You are a sheep. The Lord is your shepherd. But that's not all.
The table is spread:
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
And there's a meal:
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
And Jesus is the host:
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.’
We focus so much on the miracle of the feeding of the 4000 that we miss the miracle of Jesus' practical consideration. Here's a guy who has just cured the lame and the blind and the mute and he's the one who has to make sure that all the people he's just healed can eat enough to make it home.
God wants to provide us with food for our journey.
Is it any wonder then that his Son comes to us born in a manger? A place of food?
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