Scripture Reading: Numbers 33:1-34:29 / Luke 9:10-27 / Proverbs 8:22-31
A number of films were made in the 40’s and 50’s starring Ma and Pa Kettle. These movies highlighted the peculiar personalities of Ma and Pa as well as their unusual lifestyle and thinking. One film had a scene where Ma and Pa taught a slick salesman how to do math. He said 25 divided by 5 equaled 5 but they informed him 25 divided by 5 was 14. They proved their math answer with multiplication, division and finally addition… 14(1+4)+14 (1+4)+14 (1+4)+14 (1+4)+14 (1+4) =25.
Ma and Pa did not follow normal math formulas so their answers were always wrong but somehow very believable to them. We need to remember that our math principles are similar to Ma and Pa’s when we measure them against God’s math. God has a different set of math factors and He uses a higher divine math that is not restricted or governed by the natural and normal. God uses Kingdom Math!
A crowd of 5,000 men plus women and children followed Jesus to the remote place of Bethsaida. After an extended time of ministry, evening drew near and it was time for dinner. The disciples encouraged Jesus to send the crowd away to the outlying villages so they could find lodging and food. Jesus simply responded with, “You give them something to eat.” (Luke 9:13)
The disciples evaluated the situation and said the need of feeding 5,000+ was “too much”. They looked upon the task as impossible with no reasonable or logical solution. We often feel the same way as the needs in our lives perpetually accelerate faster than our resources. Needs have a way of inflating and expanding way beyond our level of faith. We have no answers for the “too much.”
They added up their resources and they were “not enough”. They had a small boy’s lunch consisting of 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish. Jesus instructed them to group the people together in 50’s and He received the small boys lunch. Little did the boy know his lunch was about to be used miraculously. We can hoard and hold on tightly to our insignificant and “not enoughs” or we can put them in Christ’s provisional hands. We can either eat our lunch or the one He makes for us!
Jesus was about to prove to them that what they had was “More Than Enough”. Man is into addition…God is into multiplication! The prophet Elijah asked the widow woman how much oil she had and God proceeded to multiply it. We live with the math principle of anything times 0 always equals 0. Zero times seven, eight or even millions is always zero but God times zero is always GOD!
God overcomes the natural, accelerates the solution and multiplies it supernaturally. Jesus blessed the bread and fish; broke them and the miracle began to unfold. All ate and there were 12 baskets of leftovers. What we have has the potential to multiply as we trust and place it in His hands. Remember…God uses Kingdom Math!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!