BASKET!

“So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left” (Matthew 15:37).

Our God blesses over flowingly. He is powerful to bless you with both blessings of the Most High and Spiritual blessings so that you rejoice. The Scripture says that it is “Seven large baskets full.” Those were perfect baskets. Those were the baskets in which the miracles were in full. Dear children of God, “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl” (Deuteronomy 28:5).

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel toiled hard in Egypt having fallen in the basket of slavery. When God delivered them, they threw the baskets of slavery away and departed to Canaan with the baskets of happiness. Yes. That was the Salvation bestowed upon us by God. “I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets” (Psalms 81:6). The basket full of sins you have been carrying is enough. Throw it away. God is gracious to grant you the joy of Salvation in baskets.

The basket made of "bulrushes" happened to be the basket of protection to Moses. His own mother herself decided to place her son in a basket and float it in the river. God who promised, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15) was gracious to lift Moses from that basket and bring him up in the palace of Pharaoh.

When Jesus Christ lived in the world He fed five thousand persons with five pieces of bread and two fish and what remained was twelve full baskets of fragments (Matthew 14:20), (Mark 6:43). Imagine how happily each disciple would have carried one basket of fragrants to their homes! After the task of serving to the multitude, they would have felt tired and this basket would have made them immensely happy. God never leaves those who seek Him, empty-handed.

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel used to happily bring the first fruits in a basket to the priest and he will present them in the altar. God will be happy and so is the priest. But in the New Testament, it is the praise and thanksgiving which you have to give God in baskets. Dear children of God, when you give your sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of the lips, in baskets to God, He will open the windows of heaven and bless you abundantly.

To meditate: “that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 26:2-4).