It would have been very difficult to feed and minister to five thousand men (so probably over ten thousand people) if they were all milling around and wandering about.
That is why Jesus asked His disciples to get them to sit down in companies (Luke 9 v 14 and 15).
It made good practical sense to create some order amongst the people in order that the disciples and Jesus could meet their needs.
It is also a picture for us today of the need for order in our church services and meetings when we are trying to encourage, edify, exhort and minister.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about how to operate and behave in a worship service (or church meeting).
He tells them that all things should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14 v 40) and he is telling us the same today.
Much of what we see in the church today, especially in “non-traditional” settings, has nothing to do with decency and order; at best it is what I would call a “flesh fest” and at worst it is demonic.
This lack of order is deemed “spiritual” and any one speaking out against such behaviour is said to be “quenching the Spirit”.
Yes, we need to minister to one another, we need to pray with each other and we need to heal and set people free, however it needs to be done, and I quote the Bible here, decently and in order.
I cannot see in Scripture people running around the church, rolling about on the floor, thrashing their head back and forth, laughing uncontrollably or howling like a wolf; all things I have seen believers doing in a worship service.
That is not decent or in order and I would argue not of the Spirit; it may be of a spirit but it is not of the Spirit!
I have seen people upset and confused when this type of behaviour is manifested in church; God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14 v 33).
I thank God that He instigated the church and made it the place for His people to be ministered to, and I thank God that it should be a place of decency and order.
I feel strongly about this and wanted to make you aware that not everything that people say is ‘spiritual’ is of God.
Use your own wisdom and discernment to work out for your self what is from the Lord and what is not.
A good question to ask yourself is this, “Does what I am seeing here occur in the Bible?”
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that church is a place for decency and order, and thank you for the guidance we can read in Scripture”.
Luke 9 v 14 and 15…..For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down