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Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Crowd.

Crowd. A throng. A mass. A congregate. No matter the word used to describe a crowd, it’s a gathering of many people. My preference is for a small gathering, even a one on one instead of being surrounded by many.

As Jesus went about His earthly journeys, a crowd usually formed or followed Him. In Scripture, we find Jesus addressing the crowds more than once. Jesus could look the crowd over, faces blending into a blur similar to abstract art, and see their collective group need:

“Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34, NLT).

He saw the crowds, realized they were hungry, and provided food.

There were other times, when Jesus could look the crowd over and only speak to the one individual:

  • He saw Zacchaeus up in a tree attempting to see Jesus over the crowd.
  • He felt the woman touch the hem of His robe and addressed her.
  • He saw Matthew as he was doing his job at the tax collector’s booth and called him to be His disciple.

The One who sees the crowds,
and still does not miss the one.