Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.
I detest being in a large crowd. I loathe the jostling bodies and awkward maneuvers necessary to keep my feet from getting stomped on. It's stuff and hot and smelly. Then, there's the noise - the constant cacophony of voices piercing the air.
That being said, you won't find me at a festival or concert or sporting event. Any place that promises to draw a mob. I happen to covet my personal space. I think Jesus did, too.
In today's passage, hundreds, if not thousands, of people have left homes and labor to see this miracle worker, this healer, this incomparable teacher for themselves. To avoid the crush of the crowd, Jesus retreats to a boat which sits just offshore.
Imagine the pushing, the shoving, as people jockey for better positions in order to see and hear Him! Hear the din of excited shouts and exclamations at being in the Lord's presence!
Jesus speaks one word.
The audience is hushed. All movement has ceased. All eyes are riveted on Him. All ears expectantly await His message.
Talk about crowd control!
Before you read and meditate upon the suggested scriptures listed at the bottom of this post, hear God telling you, exhorting you, with one word.
Don't crowd Him out.
See Him through His word.
Hear Him with your heart.
Psalms 45 or 47, 48
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