July 28, 2018

More Than Enough
 
Scripture:
42A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to [Elisha,] the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” 44He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.

For us to understand the New Testament, we need to understand the Old Testament. So, when we read the account of Christ’s miraculous feeding of the 5,000 men (the women and children were not included), we can look back at Old Testament accounts of God’s gift of “more than enough-some will even be left” and understand that Christ is performing an act attributed to God. In this way he establishes his link with the prophets of the Old Testament and his “credentials” as the Son of God.
 
We can look back and see that God has provided “more than enough” on numerous occasions, from the story of Elijah and the jug of oil that doesn’t run out to the account of the manna and quails provided to the skeptics during the desert wanderings. God always provides what we need when we need it. Why then, you might ask, are there so many people who do not have “more then enough”? The answer is not with God but with humankind. For the human need for power, greed, and self-importance fuel this lack of enough for everyone.

God created all peoples in God’s own image therefor we are all inherently equal. However, some people have decided that they are better then others. Some people feel the need to lord it over others. They do this by “cornering the market” so that food, or other things, is not available to some, only to those who can pay. This feeds the need for power, wealth, and egotism. God has called on us to share what we have, not to hoard it. God has created more than enough for everyone, but “systemic evil” prevents God’s bounty from being available to all. This is not what God intended for creation, but this is what the coming kingdom of God will be like.

What do we do until Christ returns? We live as if the kingdom of God is already here. We share our time, treasure, and talents that God has so graciously given to us. We reach out to those in need in thought, word,
and prayer. And we see Jesus in everyone whom we meet. If we act unselfishly, God has given creation “more than enough” for all to have what they need with some left. Amen. 

Prayer:
Gracious God, help us to see the needs of the people around us. Help us to share what you have so graciously given to us. And help us to speak out when we see injustice in our world. You have created us to be
loving, caring, compassionate people who do not lord it over anyone, but, instead, are servants to all. May the heart of Christ Jesus be in us at all times. Amen.
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