I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance, Mark 8:2-3.
The concept of a food bank can be traced back to the days of Pharaoh under the leadership of Joseph. Serving as the Secretary of Agriculture and blessed with visions of a coming drought, Joseph rose to second in command of Egypt developing a surplus of food to prepare for seven years of famine. Humanitarians of the past inspired the creation of the world’s first food bank in 1967, founded in the United States and now there are several throughout the globe.
His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them? “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, Mark 8:4-5.
However, there is one person who can be credited as the original food bank. Jesus was constantly observant of others, thinking of their well being. This mentality motivated Jesus to get his twelve disciples involved in this process. Like any selfish person, they wanted to pass the buck, letting someone else provide assistance. Pressing the issue, Jesus asked a simple question, “what do you have to give?”
The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over, Mark 8:8.
Today, countless needy people exist wherever you may live. Unfortunately, most that possess the means don’t have the ambition, drive and time to reach out to souls who are hungry and thirsty. I’m just as guilty as the next person, distracted by my own wants and needs. Despite this reality, we all have something give. Therefore, the next time you have some spare change, time or resources to share, follow in the footsteps of Jesus who is the original food bank.
by Jay Mankus