DAILY ⓂANNA WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 2022

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    It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first

    WHAT’S IN YOUR HANDS?

    TEXT: JOHN 6:1-13

    📖 READING

    JOSHUA 6:1-13

    [1]Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

    [2]And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

    [3]And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

    [4]And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

    [5]And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

    [6]And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.

    [7]And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

    [8]And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

    [9]And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

    [10]And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

    [11]So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

    [12]And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

    [13]And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

    🔑📖KEY VERSE: “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (JOHN 6:9).

    A young girl, Hattie, stood outside a small church in the United States from which she had been turned away because it was too crowded to get all the little children in for Sunday School. Two years later, Hattie sadly died. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found. Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read: “This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School.” A newspaper heard the story and published it. It was read by a realtor who offered a parcel of land worth many thousands of dollars. Church members donated and within five years, the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000, which was used to build Temple Baptist Church in the city of Philadelphia with a seating capacity of 3,300 and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained.

    Jesus was teaching a great company of people who had come to meet Him after seeing His miracles. With such a crowd in the desert place, it was a challenge to feed them. But a little lad, who attended the meeting, surrendered his five loaves of bread and two small fishes. Jesus blessed the little that was available and soon five thousand people were fed with twelve baskets of leftovers.

    As we ponder on the miracle of feeding the five thousand people, let us not overlook the gift of the five loaves of bread and two fishes in the hands of this little lad. He was willing to sacrifice them for the benefit of others.

    What do you possess? Is it knowledge, gift, talent or a special ability obtained through training? You could surrender it for the benefit of humanity by placing it in God’s hands. Like little Hattie, the effect of your giving today can build lives and produce far-reaching results tomorrow than you ever imagined.

    ✍🏽THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be a blessing to the Church and the world with what’s in your hands.

    THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:1 KINGS 17-18

    MEDITATION

    “Little is much when God is in it”

    1. The miracle of multiplication

    a. Obviously a great miracle of provision and multiplication had taken place, vv9,10.

    b. In a miracle crusade or retreat, women are always more. So since men were about 5000, we should expect women and children to double that, so the population may be about 15,000. So large, v10.

    c. Jesus, as a compassionate Saviour, is willing to perform any miracle needed to feed and make His hearers feed to the full and have their needs met. He is not happy that you are living in insufficiency.

    d. Elisha performed a similar miracle using 20 loaves to feed 100 men, 2 Kings 4:42-44. Thus any miracle in the Bible can be replicated at any time once there is faith. Do you have any past miracle you want replicated for you? It will “if you have faith like a little grain of mustard seed”. So His Church need not live in hunger and insufficiency🤜

    Questions

    a. What can you learn about the compassion of Jesus to His true followers? Jesus will not punish His people with hunger.

    b. What can you learn about the unlimited power of Jesus? Note that Jesus simply gave thanks and the miracle happened. The manifestation of miracles is not in the noise or long public prayers but in private prayers and simple public faith.

    2. The sacrificial Giver and the reward

    a.Did the lad expect any reward? Not likely. He just gave ALL he had to be used by Jesus without complaining and questioning, vv9,10.

    b. Note that the disciples did not take time to persuade and convince him before he released what he had even though he was not sure of what next. “God loves a cheerful giver”. “If I give willingly, I have a reward”.

    c. How was the Giver rewarded? He did not suffer hunger or loss. God took care of his need. Helping people will not make you poor.

    d. He got multiple fold in return: 12 baskets food which he alone cannot handle, vv12,13. “Prove ye Me…and ye shall not be able to contain it”, Malachi 3:10.

    Questions

    a. What lesson can you learn from the principle of giving and reward in the text?

    b. Do you give all you have, no matter how little, for the service of God and humanity or you give excuses?

    Those who are hesitant in giving the needy or to the service of the Lord are the loosers.

    Prayer points

    Lord, increase my faith in you through your word🙏

    Think of a miracle you need that was already done for someone before and ask for a repeat in your life🙏

    Ask God to give you the

    heart of a cheerful giver🙏

    Ask God to make His Church, including you, caring and compassionate like Jesus🙏

    HYMN Little is much when God is in itDAILY ⓂANNA
    WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 2022

    It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first

    WHAT’S IN YOUR HANDS?
    TEXT: JOHN 6:1-13

    📖 READING
    JOSHUA 6:1-13

    [1]Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

    [2]And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

    [3]And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

    [4]And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

    [5]And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

    [6]And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.

    [7]And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

    [8]And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

    [9]And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

    [10]And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

    [11]So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

    [12]And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

    [13]And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

    🔑📖KEY VERSE: “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (JOHN 6:9).

    A young girl, Hattie, stood outside a small church in the United States from which she had been turned away because it was too crowded to get all the little children in for Sunday School. Two years later, Hattie sadly died. As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled purse was found. Inside was found 57 cents and a note scribbled in childish handwriting which read: “This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School.” A newspaper heard the story and published it. It was read by a realtor who offered a parcel of land worth many thousands of dollars. Church members donated and within five years, the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000, which was used to build Temple Baptist Church in the city of Philadelphia with a seating capacity of 3,300 and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained.

    Jesus was teaching a great company of people who had come to meet Him after seeing His miracles. With such a crowd in the desert place, it was a challenge to feed them. But a little lad, who attended the meeting, surrendered his five loaves of bread and two small fishes. Jesus blessed the little that was available and soon five thousand people were fed with twelve baskets of leftovers.

    As we ponder on the miracle of feeding the five thousand people, let us not overlook the gift of the five loaves of bread and two fishes in the hands of this little lad. He was willing to sacrifice them for the benefit of others.

    What do you possess? Is it knowledge, gift, talent or a special ability obtained through training? You could surrender it for the benefit of humanity by placing it in God’s hands. Like little Hattie, the effect of your giving today can build lives and produce far-reaching results tomorrow than you ever imagined.

    ✍🏽THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be a blessing to the Church and the world with what’s in your hands.

    THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:1 KINGS 17-18

    MEDITATION

    “Little is much when God is in it”

    1. The miracle of multiplication
    a. Obviously a great miracle of provision and multiplication had taken place, vv9,10.
    b. In a miracle crusade or retreat, women are always more. So since men were about 5000, we should expect women and children to double that, so the population may be about 15,000. So large, v10.
    c. Jesus, as a compassionate Saviour, is willing to perform any miracle needed to feed and make His hearers feed to the full and have their needs met. He is not happy that you are living in insufficiency.
    d. Elisha performed a similar miracle using 20 loaves to feed 100 men, 2 Kings 4:42-44. Thus any miracle in the Bible can be replicated at any time once there is faith. Do you have any past miracle you want replicated for you? It will “if you have faith like a little grain of mustard seed”. So His Church need not live in hunger and insufficiency🤜

    Questions
    a. What can you learn about the compassion of Jesus to His true followers? Jesus will not punish His people with hunger.
    b. What can you learn about the unlimited power of Jesus? Note that Jesus simply gave thanks and the miracle happened. The manifestation of miracles is not in the noise or long public prayers but in private prayers and simple public faith.

    2. The sacrificial Giver and the reward
    a.Did the lad expect any reward? Not likely. He just gave ALL he had to be used by Jesus without complaining and questioning, vv9,10.
    b. Note that the disciples did not take time to persuade and convince him before he released what he had even though he was not sure of what next. “God loves a cheerful giver”. “If I give willingly, I have a reward”.
    c. How was the Giver rewarded? He did not suffer hunger or loss. God took care of his need. Helping people will not make you poor.
    d. He got multiple fold in return: 12 baskets food which he alone cannot handle, vv12,13. “Prove ye Me…and ye shall not be able to contain it”, Malachi 3:10.

    Questions
    a. What lesson can you learn from the principle of giving and reward in the text?
    b. Do you give all you have, no matter how little, for the service of God and humanity or you give excuses?

    Those who are hesitant in giving the needy or to the service of the Lord are the loosers.

    Prayer points
    Lord, increase my faith in you through your word🙏
    Think of a miracle you need that was already done for someone before and ask for a repeat in your life🙏
    Ask God to give you the
    heart of a cheerful giver🙏
    Ask God to make His Church, including you, caring and compassionate like Jesus🙏

    HYMN Little is much when God is in it

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