By Blake L. Higginbotham
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of Yahweh and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry (be anxious or fearful) about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Ref. Matthew 6:19-34
- Have you ever noticed that Yahweh’s supernatural provision is somehow directly or indirectly tied to our available resources? That’s right! He uses the things within our reach to meet us at the point of our need.
The Wedding Feast – Water into Wine
John 2:6-10 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7Yahshua said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
Note: This was the first miracle that Yahshua performed, and it involved several factors.
1). The servants were instructed to do whatever Yahshua told them. (The Word)
2). They had to be willing listen and fill the waterpots. (Hearing)
3). They had to be willing to draw some out. (Obedience)
4). They had to be willing to take it to the master of the feast. (The Work)
Question: Was the water turned into wine when they filled the waterpots or after they drew it out?
Answer: I believe that the water was turned into wine at some point after they drew it out, and as they were taking it to the master of the feast.
Result: When the master of the feast tasted the wine he said, “You have kept the good wine until now.”
Lesson: Hearing and obeying the word produces an atmosphere in which the supernatural can work. Turning water into wine was no cheap parlor trick and the proper emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that the miraculous flows out of a totally surrendered heart, and fully consecrated life.
- Signs and wonders are a direct result of hearing, obeying and walking out His word. Miracles will be common place in our lives when possessing the power to perform them is no longer an issue. To be honest with you, signs, wonders and miracles are more for the unbelieving and immature than they are for the believing and mature. The supernatural should never be over emphasized or exploited in order to acknowledge and verify the presence and glory of Yahweh, and it most certainly does not validate the word being spoken as absolute truth.
Feeding the Multitude–Bread & Fish
Matthew 14:17-21 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
John 6:8-15 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”10Then Yahshua said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11And Yahshua took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”13Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Yahshua did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”15Therefore when Yahshua perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
Note: With this miracle, over five thousand people were fed and satiated by the supernatural multiplication of two fish and five loaves. Now we have two thousand fish and five thousand loaves and don’t have enough left over to help seven people. It may be that we need to rethink what we are doing in light of that which lacking, wanting and coming behind.
Romans 12:9-13 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Matthew 17:24-27When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25He said, “Yes.”And when he had come into the house, Yahshua anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Yahshua said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
Question: Was the fish already waiting with a coin in his mouth even before the disciples agreed to go fishing, or was it simply the uncommon way that Yahshua chose to pay their taxes? I believe that the disciples’ ability to hear and obey the word and step out by faith caused the necessary resources to appear in the fishes’ mouth. If the disciples would not have heard and obeyed the word, would the gold coin still be in the fish’s mouth until somebody else caught him.
Answer: When the disciples heard and obeyed the word to go fishing, it was something with which they could identify and wrap there faith around. If they had not heard the word or gone fishing, then there would have been no provision made available for paying their taxes, and the gold coin would not have been in the fishes’ mouth for someone else to receive. Both the fish and the resource would have been lost to the Kingdom of Yahweh.
Lesson: No matter how outrageous the word sounds at first, step out on it by faith, and the necessary resources will be made available to you.
John 21:1-13 After these things Yahshua showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4But when the morning had now come, Yahshua stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Yahshua. 5Then Yahshua said to them, “Children, have you any food? ”They answered Him, “No.”6And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7Therefore that disciple whom Yahshua loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10Yahshua said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”11Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12Yahshua said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13Yahshua then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
Question: Were the fish already in position before Yahshua told them where to cast their net, or did they swim into the net when Peter heard and obeyed the word to cast his net on the right side of the boat?
Answer: I believe the answer is both. Yahshua knew where the fish located, and Peter heard and obeyed the word to cast his net on the right side of the boat.
Lesson: Hearing and obeying His voice is more important that anything you are doing at the time. It is a matter of life of death as it pertains to life and ministry. The problem as I see it is, somebody is not listening, or we just don’t trust Him as much as we should. One way or the other we need to get real and ask some hard questions about Kingdom Resources.