Saturday, January 29, 2022
Supper for Five Thousand
13-14 When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick.
15 Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”
16 But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.”
17 “All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.
18-21 Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.
-Matthew 14:13-21 The Message
Five Thousand Men Fed
Verse 13: Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard about this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
Verse 14: When He came ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
Verses 13-14 studies: Jesus went into solitude after hearing about John’s death. Sometimes, we may need alone time to heal and deal with grief. But Jesus didn’t dwell on his grief; he returned to the ministry he came to do.
Verse 14 study: Jesus uses miracles for two purposes; his identity and to teach important truths. Reading this passage of scripture, we learn he healed because he has compassion for them. Jesus was and still is a loving, caring, and feeling person. Remember, when you are hurting or suffering, Jesus hurts with you. He has compassion for you.
Verse 15: Now, when it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is secluded and the hour is already past to eat; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
Verse 16: But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go; you give them something to eat!”
Verse 17: They *said to Him, “We have nothing here except five loaves and two fish.”
Verse 18: And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
Verse 19: And ordering the crowds to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looked up toward heaven. He blessed the food and breaking the loaves, He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Verse 20: And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces: twelve full baskets.
Verse 21: There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
Verses 19-21 studies: Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish, feeding over 5,000 people. When Jesus was given only five loaves and two fish, that seemed insufficient. Not for Jesus. In his hands, it was not only sufficient but way more than enough. We may feel our contributions to Jesus is sparse, but he uses us to multiply whatever we give him. It can be talent, time, or treasure. It’s when we give them to Jesus that our resources are multiplied.
Verse 21 study: The text states 5,000 men present, including women and children. These numbers can expand 10 to 15 thousand. The number of men was listed separately because, in the Jewish culture of the day, men and women ate separately when in public. The children ate with the women.