This week’s lesson talks about how Jesus fed the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Even with so little food, Jesus was able to feed so many people. With what little I have to offer, I pray that it will be enough to feed you and give you insight into this week’s lesson! The little bit that we bring to the table in our acts of service and obedience is what allows the Lord to make of us what He would have us become in the process of sharing our gifts and making sacrifices for Him.
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Here are three important take-aways from this week's Come, Follow Me chapters; ways we can update these ancient scenarios and liken the people unto ourselves today.
Not all of the moments and sayings in the life of Jesus can be read as a sequence of events. We have stories and sayings that we can’t always connect. But in today’s study we can see things in sequence, which adds meaning to the story. This includes the feeding of the 5,000, the rescue of the apostles while they are struggling against great winds on the Sea of Galilee, and the Bread of Life speech which motivated many of Jesus’s followers to desert Him.
Jesus taught in parables both to reveal and conceal truths. There is more in even apparently simple statements than immediately meets the eye in what Jesus taught. What for instance does it mean, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”? How about the parable of the wheat and the tares. Why would the Lord advise to let them grow up together? So many fun things to learn in today’s podcast.
This week we get to discuss many of the powerful stories that Jesus uses to teach us. I love the way Christ’s parables change to suit our needs and apply at a different level every time we visit them. This week we can re-discover with our children the magic of these teachings and encourage them to want to revisit them over and over again so that they can witness this chameleon magic in their own lives.
This episode of the Come Follow Me podcast relates many stories that you probably haven’t heard into the calling of an apostle and what today’s apostles say about their own special witness of Jesus Christ. You will also come to know, by tradition, how each of the Twelve that Christ called eventually died.
The authors of the New Testament gospels had to choose their words carefully. They sought to convey the “good news” to the world which was delivered to them by “eyewitnesses” to the ministrations of the Savior. When reading a story in the scriptures, we would be wise to ask, “Why is this author including these details in his gospel? What is the truth he is attempting to convey that I can liken unto my own experience?”