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06 June 24, 2012 Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 7

  1. 1. Philippians 4:7 June 24, 2012 First Baptist ChurchJackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. Wiersbes ExpositoryOutlines on the NewTestament. Copyright ©1992 by Chariot VictorPublishing, an imprint ofCook Communication Min.
  3. 3. *Barclays Daily Study Bible (NT)*J. Vernon McGees Thru The Bible*Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
  4. 4. Matthew Henry Unabridged
  5. 5. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur,Jr., 1983-2007.
  6. 6. Philippians 4:77 “And the peace of God,which surpasses allcomprehension, will guardyour hearts and your mindsin Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7
  7. 7. Notice that we entered thispassage in anxiety, withworry, and we came out ofthe passage with peace.*Between the two wasprayer.
  8. 8. Have things changed?Well, not the circumstances.The storm may still beraging, the waves still rollinghigh, the thunder stillresounding.
  9. 9. Although the storm has notabated, something hashappened in us.*Something has happenedto our soul and to our mind.
  10. 10. In our anxiety we want Godto change everythingaround us."Give us this.""Dont let this happen.""Open up this door, now!"
  11. 11. But we come to the pointwhere we pray,"Oh, God, change me!"Prayer is the secret ofpower. We enter with worry,we can come out in peace.
  12. 12. “And the peace of God …will guard your hearts andyour minds in Christ Jesus.”God’s peace, like a sentinel,by Christ’s intervention,guards and patrols before
  13. 13. the heart’s door, preservingit from the intrusion ofanxious fearsandalarms.
  14. 14. Gods peace guards us fromanxiety, doubt, and worry.
  15. 15. Phroureo (froo-reh-o)means “will guard” –is a military term used ofsoldiers on guardduty.
  16. 16. *The picture would havebeen familiar to thePhilippians, since theRomans stationed troops inPhilippi to protect theirinterests in that city.
  17. 17. Just as soldiers guard andprotect a city, so Godspeace guards and protectsbelievers whoconfidentlytrust in Him.
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  20. 20. 19 “When my anxiousthoughts multiply withinme,Your consolations delightmy soul.” Psalm 94:19
  21. 21. Even if you think you don’thave very much to offerGod, but you give Himeverything,it will be enough, more thanenough!
  22. 22. Even the smallest amountplaced in His hands can bemagnified and multipliedbeyond what we canimagine!
  23. 23. The Feeding of the 5,000,(Miracle of the Five Loavesand Two Fish), is the onlymiracle (apart from theresurrection) which ispresent in all four Gospels.
  24. 24. John 6:5-135 “Therefore Jesus, liftingup His eyes and seeing thata large crowd was coming toHim, said to Philip, “Whereare we to buy bread, so that
  25. 25. these may eat?”6 This He was saying to testhim, for He Himself knewwhat He was intending todo.
  26. 26. 7 Philip answered Him,“ Two hundred denarii (8months wages) worth ofbread is not sufficient forthem, for everyone toreceive a little.”
  27. 27. 8 One of His disciples,Andrew, Simon Peter’sbrother, said to Him,9 “There is a lad here whohas five barley loaves andtwo fish, but what are these
  28. 28. for so many people?”10 Jesus said, “Have thepeople sit down.” Now therewas much grass in the place.So the men sat down, innumber about five thousand.
  29. 29. 11 Jesus then took theloaves, and having giventhanks, He distributed tothose who were seated;likewise also of the fish asmuch as they wanted.
  30. 30. 12 When they were filled,He said to His disciples,“Gather up the leftoverfragments so that nothingwill be lost.”
  31. 31. 13 So they gathered themup, and filled twelve basketswith fragments from thefive barley loaves whichwere left over by those whohad eaten.” John 6:5-13
  32. 32. All 12 disciples failed thetest- of seeing the power ofJesus to provide.Jehovah Jireh – My LORDshall provide.PRO - VISION
  33. 33. Their faith failed but theirobedience did not fail –“have the people sit down”.
  34. 34. God works through weak,fallible humans.Jesus delivered the foodthrough the 12 disciples.God used Moses, the mosthumble guy on the face of
  35. 35. the earth to deliver Israelfrom bondage in Egypt.
  36. 36. He used Gideon, theyoungest child in the leastimportant family inManasseh (Judges 6:15) todeliver Israel from theMidianites.
  37. 37. He used David, theunknown shepherd boy tokill Goliath and deliver Israelfrom the Philistines.
  38. 38. God uses the weak things ofthe world to shame the wise(I Cor 1:27).Everyone ate as much asthey wanted that day.
  39. 39. God always provides ample( not only a taste as Philliphad said in v 7).Jehovah Jireh – my LORDshall provide!PRO - VISION
  40. 40. No waste as Prov 25:16 says:16 “Have you found honey?Eat only what you need,That you not have it inexcess and vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16
  41. 41. Twelve basketfuls leftover,Jesus takes care of Hisworkers.
  42. 42. The other Gospel writers tellus that the disciples advisedthe Lord Jesus – “lets sendthem away”.They wanted to be on theboard of directors.
  43. 43. They said, "Why dont Yousend the multitude away?"Our Lord answered,"Were not going to sendthem away. Were going tohave them sit down and
  44. 44. were going to feed them"(Luke 9:12-15).These men who had electedthemselves to the board ofdirectors found themselveswaiters, serving the crowd.
  45. 45. And that is what they shouldhave been doing all thetime.If you have fifteen thousandpeople to feed, that iscertainly a liability.
  46. 46. If you have five loaves andtwo fish and also the twohundred denarii (8 monthsof wages), then these areyour total assets.
  47. 47. If a committee would havehanded in a report that daywith those assets and thoseliabilities, they would havesaid, "Theres nothing wecan do about this."
  48. 48. Someone has called acommittee a group ofpeople who individually cando nothing, and collectivelythey can decide thatnothing can be done.
  49. 49. A committee is also a groupof people who keep minutesbut waste hours.So here is the committeereport: to feed them wouldbe impossible!
  50. 50. But what we need in thisequation is what is calledthe mathematics of amiracle!We need Jesus!If you have the five loaves
  51. 51. plus the two fish plus Jesus,then weve got something!Without Him, you donthave anything at all.John 15:5 (vs) Phil 4:13Nothing (vs) Everything!
  52. 52. When you add Jesus to theside of the assets, you havemore than enough!In fact, you have twelvebaskets of leftovers whichmeans everyone had plenty.
  53. 53. There were twelve basketsof sandwiches that werenteven touched.Do you know what thismeans?
  54. 54. The grace He used would bethe one that was used inevery home: "Blessed ArtThou, O Lord, our God, Whocausest to come forth breadfrom the earth.”
  55. 55. We ought to give thanks toGod for our food, for it is amercy to have it, and wehave it from the hand ofGod, and must receive itwith thanksgiving (1Tim4:4).
  56. 56. 1 Timothy 4:4-54 “For everything created byGod is good, and nothing isto be rejected if it is receivedwith gratitude; 5 for it issanctified by means
  57. 57. of the word of God andprayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5
  58. 58. When the people had eatentheir fill, Jesus instructed Hisdisciples to gather up theleftover fragments.Why the fragments?
  59. 59. At Jewish feasts the regularpractice was to leavesomething for the servants.That which was left wascalled the Peah; and nodoubt the people left their
  60. 60. usual part for those who hadserved them with the meal.Of the fragments, twelvebaskets were taken up.No doubt each of thedisciples had his own basket.
  61. 61. A basket was two gallons,bottle-shaped and no Jewever traveled without his.Twice Juvenal (3: 14; 6: 542)talks of "the Jew with hisbasket and his truss of hay."
  62. 62. (The truss of hay was to useas a bed, for many of theJews lived a gypsy life.)The Jew with his inseparableprovision-basket was anotorious figure.
  63. 63. He carried it partly becausehe was characteristicallyacquisitive, and partlybecause he needed to carryhis own food if he was goingto observe the Jewish rules
  64. 64. of cleanness anduncleanness.From the fragments each ofthe disciples filled his ownbasket.
  65. 65. “Qui panem contemnit ingravem inciditpaupertatem”- was a usualsaying among them:“He who despises bread fallsinto the depths of poverty”.
  66. 66. Though Christ couldcommand supplieswhenever He pleased, yetHe would have thefragments gathered up.
  67. 67. See how large the divinebounty is; it not only fills thecup, but makes it run over;bread enough, and to spare,in our Fathers house!
  68. 68. The fragments filled twelvebaskets, one for eachdisciple; they were thusrepaid with interest for theirwillingness to part withwhat they had for public
  69. 69. service.2 Chronicles 31:1010 “Azariah, the chiefpriest of the house of Zadok,said to him, “ Since thecontributions began to be
  70. 70. brought into the house ofthe Lord, we have hadenough to eat with plentyleft over, for the Lord hasblessed His people, and thisgreat quantity is left over.”