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10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. 12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 And they did so, and had them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
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Summary: In our passage, we see Jesus host an incredible banquet for many many people. His choice of location is none other than the wilderness. Yet it is in the desolation of the wilderness that we see not only his compassion, but also his power and glory as he multiplies the loaves and fishes, feeding thousands. This is called a miracle story. A miracle story is intended to reveal Jesus as King and worthy of our full worship and faith. In this miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus is revealed as one who is sufficient and can provide rest and deliverance in the harshness of the wilderness of life. Jesus is a beacon of hope for all who come to him as he alone can satisfy and save.
Review and Apply
What is the value of rest and solitude for the Christian? How do you make this a part of your Christian walk?
What do you see of Jesus' ministry in this passage? What makes it unique and how does this challenge us in our ministry?
What was Jesus' purpose in calling the disciples to feed the people? What is the Lord's purpose in asking us to care for others when we do not have the resources required?
What quality of God comes to your mind as you see Jesus lifts up the bread and looks to heaven before feeding the 5000? How does this encourage you to come to Jesus for what you need?
How has the Lord satisfied you this week in his provision and care? Invite others to help you think through your life to find an answer.