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#89   5 + 2 = 5,000 + 12                                                                                                 June 1, 2011

The closest humankind can ever get to the Truth is to discover, deduce or to cogitate a fact or facts -- and five senses facts are not the Truth.  Truth is a spiritual reality in that It originates from God, Who is Spirit.  It is outside the realm of humankind’s intellectual abilities.  The spiritual reality of the Truth of God’s Word supersedes all facts.  Truth doesn’t originate via human reasoning or logical deduction.  Truth originates from God and God alone and can never be known unless He reveals It and He has.

For example, most people would maintain that mathematical facts are indisputable.   Two plus two equals four, four minus two equals two, four times two equals eight, and eight divided by two equals four.  But the Truth which originates from God is far superior to those facts.  Consider the record in Mark’s Gospel.

Mark 6:34-44
34  And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
35  And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
36  Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
37  He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
38  He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
39  And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
40  And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
41  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
42  And they did all eat, and were filled.
43  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes
44  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

The mathematical facts were clear and indisputable.  Jesus Christ did not ignore those facts but the facts didn’t imprison him nor restrict his response in any way.  Remembering what Jesus Christ explained in regard to how he lived his life during his earthly ministry is helpful in understanding exactly what happened here: 

John 5:19: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 10:37-38: If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
John 6:38: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
John 5:30: I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 8:29 : And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Jesus Christ didn’t act on his own but with his Heavenly Father.  He said he did the will of his Heavenly Father and since he did, he must have always known what God’s will was, either from His written Word or by revelation.  The written Word of God which Jesus Christ knew is what we have recorded in the Old Testament and since God’s Word in the Old Testament does not speak specifically regarding a situation like the record in Mark chapter 6, Jesus Christ must have received specific information from God, revelation, which he then believed and carried out.

The fact was that five loaves and two fishes could not possibly equal five thousand abundant portions plus leftovers.  The Truth of God’s Word is
-- IT DID.  The facts of life must be recognized but the Truth of God’s Word regarding those facts must be believed, whether it be His written or His revealed Word.  People often warn against “not seeing the forest because of the trees”, meaning, make sure you recognize what’s really important amongst all the facts.  Believers should take heed that they believe the Word amongst all the facts we’re confronted with day by day.  Facts are facts but God’s Word is His Will and two plus two may not always equal four.

© Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893