Hooks and Crooks and Tithes and Offerings (Part Three)

Text: John 6:1-15

Things to Note:

1. A problem

  • Problems are those situations engineered of God to bring us face-to-face with our deficiencies so we might view His sufficiency as our only alternative.
  • The problem simply stated is this: There is a demand for which there is no apparent supply.
  • We should realize from reading the Bible that when problems come, it is a sure sign of God's opportunity to bless us. Every problem is an opportunity to trust the Lord and to watch Him step into circumstances to reveal His glory.

2. The Possibilities

  • With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Luke 1:37)

3. The Prospects

  • We have to admit that the prospects were slim. But God always starts with slim prospects on the human side.
  • It's not great faith that matters; it's faith in a great Christ.

 4. The Proposition

  • Jesus knew what He would do.
  • He gave thanks.
  • The amount needed was not the point The adequacy of God was the entire issue.
  • Jesus' proposition is essentially the same with us today in the midst of our need. Jesus simply says to us, "I'm in charge. I know what I'm doing. If you'll do what I'll say, I'll take care of the matter."

5. The Program

  • See the thoroughness of the plans.
  • Observe the investment of the disciples.
  • Observe the obedience of the multitude.
  • Behold the secret with broke the miracle open...GIVING. The little boy didn't have much to give. That is never the point. The point is that what he did give was enough to move the mightiness of God into the scene and to demonstrate how man's little becomes God's much under the right conditions.

6. The Proof

  • The people were filled.
  • There was enough left over for ministry.
  • Man's idea of Jesus was elevated.