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Summary: Our God is concerned about the fragments about what is left. Yield to the will of God, Give him every portion every fragment of your life. Allow him to mold you, to refine you into the image of His. Our inadequacy makes room for His sufficiency!

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture Readings prior to the Message. The assigned Readings for today are: 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122; Ephesians 2:4-10 and John 6:1-15.

We have a story before us ... in our Gospel text ...that has been told ... and retold.

An event ... from which numerous lessons ... have been drawn.

It is the only miracle ... that is recorded in each of the four Gospels. (Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9 and John 6).

Now ... Luke tells us ... that it was late in the afternoon.

Matthew and Mark mention ... that it took place ...shortly after King Herod ...had ordered that John the Baptizer ... be put to death.

It was an event ... that was so powerful ... that all four of the Gospel writers ... felt the story needed ...to be heard.

The apostle John in today's telling informs us ... that Jesus turned to Phillip ... and asked where they could purchase some bread ... for the crowd ...that was gathered.

Now ... This is the only place in the record of Jesus' life on earth ... that He asked anyone ... for their advice.

Yet ... Phillip did not answer the question ... that is as to the "where." (Pause)

Phillip's answer was, in effect, "what is the use of talking about the where .... when we have no money to even buy the bread."

John inserts an amazing statement. BIBLE "Jesus asked this ... only to test him, ... for he already had in mind ...what he was going to do." END

Phillip ... was so focused on the crowd ...that he seemed to forget ... who he was with.

But Andrew, ... who was standing nearby, ... picked up on the conversation.

Andrew shared that there was a lad ... who had five small barley loaves ... and two small fish.

Then he added, "But how far will they go among so many?" (John 6:9)

On the one hand, ... Andrew ... knowingly or unknowingly ... made a venture in faith, ... yet then, he seemed to find amusement ... in his own suggestion.

Andrew was probably trying to bring about a little laughter ... among the disciples ...... "how far will they go among so many".

Beloved ... Can you picture them ... they are human just like you?

There was probably laughter ... in the moment.

Well, ... Jesus did not criticize either of the two disciples.

What He did say was ... "Have the people sit down." (John 6:10)

Mark in his account ... speaks of the people sitting down ... "upon the green grass" ... A vivid touch ... from an eyewitness.

The men ... the 5,000 ... were distinguished from quote ... "the women and children," ...who probably formed, ... according to Eastern custom, ... a company by themselves.

Well the men sat down.

Luke says they sat, ... "in groups of fifty.

Then our Lord looked at the supply ... from which He would draw;

Just a young boy's ... little basket ... containing his lunch.

Let us take a moment ... and ponder about ... that young boy.

Imagine what he must have thought ......when he realized that Jesus was asking for his small basket of food. ...... His lunch.

Beloved ... What Were the Thoughts ... What were the Feelings ... of This Young Boy ... as he stood in the presence of Jesus?

Five (5) small Barley Loaves ... and 2 Fish

Wheat ... not barley ... was the customary food of the masses; .... barley... was the food of animals.

Beloved ... barley loaves ... would have been the bread used by ... the poorest of all people.

Then there were the ... two-small fish.

The Greek word John used in this passage ...is a variance on the common Greek word for fish.

The Greek word used by John is often translated "relish," a relish which is normally eaten ... with bread.

This relish ... would consist ...of small fish ... caught in the lake, ... which were dried and salted ... much like "sardines" or "anchovies."

The Surprise ... must have been ... overwhelming to the young boy.

"Out of all these people, ... This Man of God, ... this Jesus, ... picked me."

As the Scriptures tell us: Jesus could have turned the stones into bread. (Matthew 4:3)

He really did not need the boy ... or what he had, ...yet He chose to involve him ... in His plan.

Why would Jesus choose a tax collector like Matthew?

Why would Jesus choose a hothead like Peter?

Why would Jesus choose a dangerous man like Saul of Tarsus?

And now, ... at this time ... he chooses a young boy.

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