Jesus Feeding the 5,000

Devotion for Today — May 28th

Food at the Proper Time

Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Matthew 24:45-47

This parable is for the instruction of those who are awaiting the Lord's return. The master of the household is gone but he has entrusted certain work to his servant until he returns. That work is primarily a ministry to the rest of the household, and notably, to give them their food at the proper time. It is clearly addressed to the disciples and to those who will follow in their steps in the ministry of feeding and shepherding the church of Jesus Christ. Doubtless it includes any who have a ministry of teaching: pastors, evangelists, elders, teachers, children's workers and Bible study leaders. It takes in any who have gifts of teaching, whether exercised in a church or in homes.

Since this is the first parable in the series, it probably points up the most essential element in the matter of watching. The wise servant is given one primary responsibility: to feed the household at the proper time. If this is rightly done, the household will keep watching; if it is neglected, the household will languish and starve, and will not be ready when the Lord returns.

The task of any leader within the church is to unfold the message of the Bible. Every pastor should set a loaded table before his congregation, not only that they might eat and grow, but also that they might learn from him how to draw from the Scriptures for themselves the spiritual nourishment they need. The Bible is wonderfully adapted to this purpose: there is milk for the beginner, bread for the more advanced, and strong meat to challenge and feed the mature. It is so designed that when books of the Bible are taught through consecutively, they will cover a wide variety of subjects and yet keep truth marvelously in balance.

It is clearly evident, therefore, that the supreme need of the church during this time of waiting for its Lord is Bible study and knowledge. From this all else will flow. The Bible is the revelation of things as they really are. It represents the only truly realistic look at life that is available to man today. It is the only instrument provided by God that is adequate to the task of producing mature, well-adjusted, whole persons. That is the clear claim of 2 Timothy 3:16,17: All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Father, teach me how to feed upon the Word of truth, and to walk continually in that truth, manifesting the splendor of your life in me. Amen.

Life Application

Has God called me to a ministry of teaching? Am I giving those under my care food at the proper time?

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