True Riches:  The busy beaver.  August 6, 2012        2012 VBS

by Ron George Jr.at the Fayetteville Baptist Church


Let’s go to a picnic….  What do you have to bring?  Game --  picnic  -- scripture -- pray
John 6     Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wagesa would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
Questions: 

  1.  What do you need to live?  Why is the beaver our animal of the day?
  2. What is the difference between what you want and what you need?
  3. What was the problem?  Do we have problems?  Would we bring them to Jesus?
  4. Where did they get the food?  What was it?
  5. What did Jesus do with the food?
  6. Who gave the food to the people?
  7. How much food did they have to start with?
  8. How many people ate that day?
  9. How many were the leftovers? 
  10. What do you have to bring to Jesus?
  11. What is it that you have five and two of?  How can Jesus use you to help others?
  12. How would someone give their fives and twos to Jesus today?
  13.  What are true riches?  The things that are the best and the most needed.
  14.  What can Jesus give you today?  What do you want?  What do you need?

a Greek two hundred denarii

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Jn 6:1-13). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.