Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 10, 2018

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 8:1-10.

“In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples and *said to them, “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.  If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way;  and some of them have come from a great distance.”  And His disciples answered Him, “Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?”  And He was asking them, “How many loaves do you have?”  And they said, “Seven.”  And He *directed the people to sit down on the ground;  and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them, and they served them to the people.  They also had a few small fish;  and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well.  And they ate and were satisfied;  and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.  About four thousand were there;  and He sent them away.  And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of Dalmanutha.”  Mark 8:1-10.

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Jesus said:  “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.”  So. let us look at what these people did and what Jesus did for them.

These people did not worry about what they would eat.  They sought Christ, His kingdom, and His righteousness and remained to hear the teachings of Christ for three days despite having nothing to eat.  Jesus gave them enough tangible bread and fish to satisfy their physical hunger.  And, Jesus gave them enough spiritual bread to satisfy their hunger for righteousness.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things;  for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:31-33.

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”  John 6:27.

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;  he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”  John 6:35.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  Matthew 5:6.


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