Nehemiah 7:73-8:3-18; Matthew 15:29-39
People are starving all around the world. They hunger not just for food; but, for a word of hope.
The people of Israel were spiritually starving. They gathered at the Water Gate and asked to hear the word given to Moses. So Ezra read the book of the Law of Moses to them so that they might be fed with the word of God.
The multitude had followed Jesus out into the wilderness. They were fed and nourished with the word of God for three days. Yet, they were hungry. They had nothing to eat. The Word of God, who is Jesus the Christ, fed the four thousand on seven fish and a few small fish. It was up to the disciples to distribute this food amongst the people.
Jesus calls all who wish to be his disciple to follow him. He also calls us, as he called Peter, to feed his sheep. We are to feed the hungry with bread for the soul as well as for the body. Whoever is hungry, feed them.
Prayer: God help us feed all who hunger with food for the body and the soul. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Judy Mattson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, MI.