Sunday, May 18, 2014

Feeding the Multitudes

Topic Choices (Choose One)

Choice 1: Matthew 14:14–21; 15:32–38. The Feeding of the Multitudes

  1. The Savior provided two similar miracles. As a summary of what took place, complete the following chart:

Matthew 14:14-21
Matthew 15:32-38
How many people were present?
5,000 men, beside women and children
4,000 men, beside women and children
What did they need?
What were they able to offer in an effort to meet that need?
Five Loaves, Two Fishes
Seven Loaves, and a few little fishes
What words or phrases describe the Savior’s feeling toward the multitudes in their time of need?
Moved with compassion, Healed their sick, They need not depart, give ye them to eat
Compassion on the multitude, concern,
What words or phrases describe what the Savior was able to provide for the multitudes?
And they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up the fragments that remained twelve baskets full
They did all eat, and were filled, took up of th broken meat that was left seven baskets full
  1. In each story, the available food was insufficient to feed the multitude, yet with the help of the Lord the insufficiency was overcome. Read Romans 3:23 and explain in writing another way human effort is insufficient in receiving the glory of God. According to Ether 12:27, how does the Lord help us overcome this insufficiency?
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All humans, everywhere, who have ever lived have sinned. One way that we as individuals fall short of receiving the glory of God is we sin. If Adam and Eve had not of partaken of the fruit of tree, the would have lived in ignorance forever, not knowing good from evil or learning, growing and progressing. If they had partaken of the fruit and a Savior did not come to perform the atonement for all mankind, we would have been stuck in our sins forever. We could not have returned and received the glory of God without his help. Without the Savior and our Heavenly Father’s plan all humankind would be stuck in their sins and not able to return to live with Him.

Ether 12:27 says, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” The Lord helps us overcome our insufficiency by making our weaknesses strengths.

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