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Monday, January 19, 2004
Multitude
Now Playing: What do we have a great deal of?
Topic: Overflowing
None of us want to be lacking, whether in resources, or in friends, or in what really matters to us. God desires to bless, but in His own way. With His earthly people, He blessed richly. "The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as He hath promised you)" (Deuteronomy 1:10-11).

The Lord Jesus as man certainly demonstrated His great care for His people. "(v.30) And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and He healed them: (v.31) Insomuch that the multitudes wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. (v.32) Then Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and said, 'I have compassion on the multitude, because they have continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.' ... (v.34) And Jesus said unto them, 'How many loaves have ye?' And they said, 'Seven and a few little fishes'. (v.35) And He commanded the multitude to sit down upon the ground. (v.36) And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude" (Matthew 15:31-36 selected). No detail was left unnoticed in His Divine provision!

The psalmist David could say, "But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercy: and in Thy fear will I worship toward Thy holy temple" (Psalm 5:7). He also warned, "There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mightly man is not delivered by much strength. Behold the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy" (Psalm 33:16,18). David proclaimed the source of His strength, "Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, 'My foot slippeth:' Thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul" (Psalm 94:17-19). "The LORD reigneth: let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad" (Psalm 97:1).

Solomon warned, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). Another warning is given, "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14). Also, "Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established" (Proverbs 15:22). He also instructed, "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince" (Proverbs 14:27-28).

The apostle Peter also warns us, "The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity (love) shall cover a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:7-8). We can rejoice because there is a day soon to come when, "Lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb'" (Revelation 7:9-10). What a prospect for those in that coming day!

Posted by dondegr8 at 5:25 PM EST
Updated: Monday, January 19, 2004 5:29 PM EST

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