The Holy Spirit can cause certain passages to stand out with significant meaning or application for our lives. These are the Rhemas of Scripture and should become a part of our daily thoughts and actions.
In Mark 8, Jesus broke the bread and first gave to his disciples, then commanded them to give to the people.
This can be likened to Christ preparing his Anointed / Chosen ministers of his word by first equipping them with the word, making sure they are well fed & ready to further dish out the Word to the world.
Christ not only equipped them with the world but with the anointing (power + Holy Spirit) to minister on the uttermost part of the Earth. ( Acts 1:8)
This was what happened in Acts 2:1 when the 120 were gathered at the upper room. Peter was able to stand up and defend the event of the Pentecost after the Spirit / anointing had rested upon him / them, as earlier promised by Christ- the Word Himself.
Christ first gave his disciples the witness and then commanded them to further witness him to the world. Likewise, ministers receive his witness and then go on to further witness him to the people.
Verse 9 says, “And they that had eaten were about for thousand men, and he sent them away.”
This implies those who accepted the word were counted as disciples / followers of Christ i.e. those who accepted Christ. This is further established and evidently revealed in Acts 2: 37, 41 & 42. After Peter had stood up to witness Christ to the People, having testified & exhorted with many words (as the Spirit gave him utterance) on the day of Pentecost, the Bible records that the People were pricked in their hearts (convicted by the Holy Spirit) so much that they were forced to ask what they should do (in order to be saved).
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:41 KJV
Those who gladly accepted the word through Peter were about 3000 souls, this number is close to the 4000 /5000 souls Christ fed / significantly added to these followers at the feast.
Furthermore, Christ sent them away after feeding them (having converted and made them disciples). He didn’t just send them back into the world, but he sent them to also go on and witness him, the same way he sent his 12 disciples into the world to preach the kingdom & to heal, having giving them power / authority over principalities. ( Luke 9:2).
He sent the 4000 back to do likewise as they also had received him, i.e. to profit the kingdom as they had profited thereby.
Acts 2 also reveals this likewise thus:
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:42 KJV
The four thousand that were converted continued in teaching the doctrine, communing together in the Word (breaking of bread) and praying in one accord. Sharing in love as believers ought to do.
Evidently, after the feast (of the Word), Christ warned his 12 disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod (Mark 8 :15). This is not literarily talking about bread but about the perverted teachings of these ceremonial set of people seeking honour and respect at the expenses of the Word of God. Who don’t mind speaking blasphemy of the Word just to earn dignity and respect. Christ was warning his disciples to beware of heresies.
This warning / revelation came after the feast with the 4000, this reveals that Christ must have fed the 4000 with his word (his body) and then perceived the need to warn his disciples about the Pharisee’s ability to later pervert his doctrines and lead many people away from the truth. (II Peter 2 : 1-3) But because Christ speaks in parables, the disciples taught he was talking about leavened bread.
May God open our eyes of understanding to his words and grant us sound discretion.
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