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"The Law of Abundance vs. The Law of Scarcity" (Genesis 32:22-31, Matthew 14:13-21)

Rev. Dr. Marjorie E. NunesRev. Dr. Marjorie E. Nunes, August 6, 2017
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday service

The Law of Abundance says there is plenty on this earth for everyone. It leads to a giving disposition because you are not worried about running out of resources. Our inner landscape mirrors our outer landscape. If we believe in lack, we experience lack. If we believe in abundance, we experience abundance. The opposing law to this is the law of scarcity. When you view the world through this window, you hold onto everything. You take what you can get, because if you don't; someone else will get it and you will be left with nothing. There is not enough to go around when thinking this way. In this text we see the Jesus demonstrating the “Law of Abundance” and the disciples demonstrating the “Law of Scarcity.”

Tags: #abundance #scarcity #multiplication #enough #lack

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Genesis 32:22-31

22 The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.” 31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. (ESV)

Matthew 14:13-21

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (ESV)

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