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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 196

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:22 pm

It is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata (coming late in the day) is “Der Herr denket an uns” (The Lord is mindful of us):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 14:13-21:

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

The Lord is mindful of us and blesses us. He blesses the house of Israel, He blesses the house of Aaron.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

2 Responses to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 196”

  1. Sorry for the late hour.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. I missed having a devotion here this morning. Glad to see it up now.

    With that, this is an amazing story. It illustrates that not only does the Good Shepherd know when his flock is hungry, both in body and soul, but He feeds them through miraculous means, and provides so much nourishment that believer is rendered satisified. And even then, He still has so much more to give. His provision more than meets our needs. I have no clue how the machinery works, I just know that it’s true. It reminds me of a verse in Ephesians: Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

    Dana (292df6)

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