36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 13:2 (NIV) 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
When the word spread through the villages and towns that Jesus was coming, they flocked en mass to where ever he was to hear what he had to say. The words spoken and lessons taught caused people to literally drop what they were doing to hear this man from Galilee speak . As I watched American Idol last night there were remarks about the audience of 7,000 people packed into the Nokia stadium. A stadium with comfortable seats, air conditioning and restrooms. This to hear two gifted young people sing for a title.
Christ packed a shoreline with folks so tight, he had to sit on the water in a boat to teach. There were no restrooms, no comfortable seats or concession stands. Physical comfort was not a concern, the desire to hear what the Master was teaching was the objective and sole purpose for being in that place, at that time. I have witnessed crowds losing their minds over this celebrity or that celebrity whose ultimate goal is merely to entertain and not necessarily uplift.
Give me Jesus! I would take the discomfort, heat and crowd just to have been able to hear Him speak the words that have on so many occasions provided salve for my soul. He still speaks today and I yearn to hear and obey each and every word.
Making His praise glorious!
- Cast Your Burdens on the Lord! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- A New Song In My Mouth, A Hymn of Praise! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- “The Stones Will Cry Out…” (risinghawk.wordpress.com)