Jesus Feeds the 5000

A small boy gave Jesus five small barley loaves and two small fish and Jesus fed five thousand men; not including women and children and there were twelve baskets of left over pieces. Jesus is Mighty to Save and Strong to Provide. No matter how meager are your resources; God will provide.

Here is the question: Have you brought your meager broken pieces to Jesus Christ?



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Jesus Feeds the 5000, The Five Thousand

Matthew 14:13-21

Mark 6:32-44

Luke 9: 10-17

John 6:1-15


Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

John 6:1-15 NIV

1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

7Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages[a] would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"

8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

10Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them.

11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."

13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, "Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world." 15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.


Footnotes:
a.John 6:7 Greek two hundred denarii



NIV Note John 6: 14 Sign. It pointed people to the Son of Man and the food of eternal life that he gives (verse 27), but they thought only of the Prophet, i.e., the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:15 who would be like Moses (see John 1:21 and note). Through Moses, God provided food and water for the people in the desert, and they expected the prophet to do no more than this.

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
Deuteronomy 18:15 –16

John 6:7 Philip answered him, "Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"

John 6:8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

Philip tells us how overwhelming the problem is and Andrew tells us how hopeless and how meager their resources are.

No matter how great your problems,
No matter how desperate your situation,
No matter how meager your resources;
God will provide.


NIV Note 6:1-15 The feeding of the 5,000 is the one miracle, apart from the resurrection, found in all four Gospels. It shows Jesus as the supplier of human need, and sets the stage for his testimony that he is the bread of life. (John 6:35).

Then Jesus declared,
"I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never go hungry,
and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:35 NIV

NIV Note John 6:2 Miraculous sign. See note on John 2:11 NIV Note John 2:11 Signs John always refers to Jesus’ miracles as “signs, ” a word emphasizing the significance of the action rather than the marvel (see e.g. 4:54; 6:14; 9:16;11:47). They revealed Jesus’ glory (see 1:14; cf. Isaiah 35:1-2; Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13).

NIV Note John 6:9 Barley loaves Cheap bread, the food of the poor.

10Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. John 6:10

There was plenty of grass in that place, Springtime: John 6:4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

NIV Note John 6:10 About five thousand The number of men; women and children were not included.

Five thousand. The size of the crowd is amazing in light of the fact that the neighboring towns of Capernaum and Bethsaida probably had a population of only 2,000 to 3,000 each.

NIV Note Mark 6:44 men Literally means “males, ” as in all four Gospels. Matthew further emphasizes the point by adding “besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:21)

NIV Note John 6:12 Gather the pieces See note on Mark 6:43.

NIV Note Mark 6:43 Twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. Bread was regarded by Jews as a gift from God, and it was required that scraps that fell on the ground during a meal be picked up. The fragments were collected in small wicker baskets that were carried as a part of daily attire. Each of the disciples returned with his basket full (see Mark 8:8; see also note on Matthew 15:37).

NIV Note Mark 6:42 All ate and were satisfied. Attempts to explain away this miracle (e.g., by suggesting that Jesus and his disciples shared their lunch and the crowd followed their good example) are inadequate.

If Jesus was, as he claimed to be, God incarnate, the miracle presents no difficulties. God had promised that when the true Shepherd came the desert would become rich pasture where the sheep would be gathered and fed (Ezekiel 34:23-31), and here the Messiah feast with followers in the desert (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9).

Jesus is the Shepherd who provides for all our needs so that we lack nothing (cf. Psalms 23:1). NIV Note Mark 6:42

NIV Note John 6:15 make him king by force. Jesus rejected the world’s version of kingship as a temptation of the devil
(Matthew 4:8-10).

Jesus had to escape and avoid His persecutors. But even worse, Jesus even had to escape his followers who didn’t clearly understand his ministry.




Feeding of the 5000

The Feeding of the 5000 is found in all four Gospels:

Matthew 14:13-21

Mark 6:32-44

Luke 9: 10-17

John 6:1-15


Again John, the Gospel writer calls the Miracles of Jesus; "Signs." And for all miracles to truly be a miracle – they MUST point to God! John wants us to focus on the "meanings" of the miracles and not focus on the miracles themselves.

When we focus on "how did a miracle happen?" We often can be distracted from looking at the "meanings" and the deeper truths of the miracle!

The "meanings" of a miracle is the main most important thing! How God works his miracles, we can only speculate. Satan does not want us to know the meanings of miracles. Satan is happy if we pursue endless unproductive arguements and debates!

"Make sure the main thing; is the main thing!"
Pastor Rick Hawkins
at Northgate United Methodist Church

First let’s take a look at what just happened first before the Feeding of the 5000: Jesus just wants to get away for solace, prayer, and meditation after the death of John the Baptist. But when Jesus saw the crowd gathering, He had compassion for the crowd; the crowd looked like a flock of sheep without a shepherd....

Jesus asks Philip, 5"Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" Jesus naturally asked Philip because he was from that area and was familiar with the nearby villages. But Jesus was also testing Philip.

6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. Philip tells Jesus the enormity of the problem and how meager are there resources. But along comes Andrew (Simon Peter’s brother) with a boy with five small barley loaves, the bread of the poor and two small fishes.

Andrew reminds me of Jesus’ mother, Mary at the wedding at Cana when the wine had run out, Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus says. Mary had the Hope, Faith, and the Trust in Jesus to know that Jesus would provide for Jesus is Mighty to Save and Strong to Provide. Mary laid her request before Jesus and left in up to Jesus to handle the situation. This is what Andrew is doing. There is a multitude of 5000 men, not including women and children and Andrew finds one small boy with five small loaves of bread and two fishes. Andrew lays it all out before Christ (we all come to Jesus with empty hands) and Andrew Trusts in the Lord that Jesus will PROVIDE!

8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?"

Here is the question: Have you brought your meager broken pieces to Jesus Christ? Have you brought your five loaves and two fish to Christ?

When we bring our meager resources to Jesus Christ - and it passes through the hands of Jesus Christ – it becomes enough – more than enough - an abundance of blessings!

When we bring our meager little selves to Jesus Christ it is absolutely miraculous what miracles and wonders God can do through us!

What is holding you back from surrendering yourself and giving yourself and your gifts to God?
11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

To be sure these are familiar words reminiscent of the Communion served to the Disciples at the Last Supper.

· Jesus gave thanks
· Jesus took the bread
· Jesus Broke the bread
· Jesus distributed the bread to the Disciples

Next in the Gospel of John, Jesus is going to give his discourse of the Bread of Life, John 6:25-59

12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted."

Now was this meal strictly only a symbolic Communal meal? I believe that it was a symbolic Communal meal but that it was also much more than that!

Lets get distracted for a moment! What are some of the possibilities for this miracle of feeding over 5000 men, women, and children!

a. It is a miracle of Jesus multiplying loaves somehow.
b. This miracle is a symbol of Communal feeding with Jesus.
c. This is a miracle of Sharing. (Which at first look doesn’t seem very miraculous.)
d. Pick the best 2 out of 3 above.
e. All of the above.
f. None of the above.
g. Other


a. Now for me I have always accepted uncritically that Jesus multiplied the bread and fishes. I have just taken it on Faith. I really can’t explain what Jesus did. I cannot understand or explain exactly what Jesus did. Again I just take it on Faith, that Jesus did perform a real bonified Miracle of Providing and Feeding this great multitude of people.

Another matter to consider is that Jesus did NOT turn stones into bread (a miracle) when Satan was testing Jesus in the widlerness. So why would Jesus do that now?
The Temptation of Jesus: Matthew 4:1-11
The Temptation of Jesus: Luke 4:1-13

b. I also know that the similarities of Communion with God and with one another is much more than a coincidence! I believe that the people were fed Spiritually but also quite physically and practically that the people were given enough to eat. They had their fill, and there was plenty of food left over. Again this is very similar to the Miracle at Cana with this great abundance of wine left over; an abundance of God’s love! And again following the Feeding of the 5000, in the Gospel of John, Jesus is going to give his discourse of the Bread of Life, John 6:25-59. This is all very important and it all ties together. (Not that I understand it all.)

c. Sharing. Sharing seems so unmiraculous at first look. But if we shared and fed all of the world’s poor and hungry – wouldn’t that be a miracle? I used to easily discount the possibility of sharing being “Miracle” because it just seemed so unmiraculous. But what would be the greater miracle – the transformation of loaves of bread or the transformation of selfish hearts?

One of the best resources I have found on the Feeding of the 5000 is from Pastor Edward F. Markquart of Grace Lutheran Church, Seattle.

See the Five Loaves and Two Fish to Feed 5,000 (Condensed & Edited) version at Bible Basics Five Loaves and Two Fish:

And read the full sermon and reflection by Pastor Edward F. Markquart at: http://www.sermonsfromseattle.com/series_a_five_loaves_two_fish.htm



The 23rd Psalm
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want."
Similarities between the 23rd Psalm and the
Feeding of the 5000.




Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary:
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand




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