4. Jesus Feeds 5,000 People (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15)
PPT TITLEMain Point: When God is involved, anything is possible. All things are possible with God, according to the verse. – Mark 10:27b (Bible) Props include: 5 loaves of bread (or buns); 2 fish; and 12 baskets of vegetables (Optional: bread for each child;TheGospel of JohnDVD)
Say, for example, that the last time I traveled, I traveled. List your ideas (you may be as creative as you want with your list). What do you bring with you when you go on a trip? Keep an ear out for responses. After Jesus summoned His disciples and they elected to follow Him, they embarked on a journey that took them all across the region. Jesus instructed His followers not to bring anything with them on their journey! What makes you believe that is the case? He wished for them to put their faith in God to provide all of their needs.
They were present when Jesus announced that the kingdom of God had arrived.
He was able to treat persons who were suffering from horrific ailments and injuries.
After spending some time with them, Jesus even sent the disciples out on their own to teach and cure in His name, after which they returned to Him.
You should not bring a walking stick or a bag.
The Fish And The Bread
Say:In the meantime, John the Baptist continued to publicly inform the populace about God’s correct way of living. Some of them who were living in sin grew quite enraged with John as a result. King Herod was committing heinous crimes against humanity. He didn’t appreciate hearing John tell him that his actions were bad (Matthew 14:3-4). King Herod ordered the assassination of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29). This was a nightmare! This caused Jesus and His followers to be extremely depressed. Using a boat, Jesus transported His followers to a peaceful location where they could relax and have something to eat.
- As soon as the public learned that Jesus and his followers had gone out to be by themselves, they expressed an interest in joining them.
- They wished to hear Jesus preach, as well as to witness more miracles, signs, and wonders performed by him.
- After all, He and his followers had boarded the boat in order to get away from the crowds and relax for a time.
- They were like herds of sheep without a herd leader.
- Moreover, He was well aware that there was still much concerning the kingdom of God that they did not comprehend.
- They were like sheep without a shepherd, according to the Bible, which indicates they were befuddled and lost in their lives, according to the Bible.
- Affirmation:Jesus is referred to in the Bible as the Good Shepherd.
They are familiar with Me, just as the Father is familiar with Me and I am familiar with the Father.
Isn’t it amazing that He loved us enough to die for our sins?
Say:By that time it was late in the day.
Since Philip was from this area, this question could have been a simple question of where the shops were located (John 1:44).
But Jesus really asked Philip this question to test him.
(Genesis 3:9, 4:9, Job 38).
A correct answer might have been something like, “Lord, You know.” Philip could also have remembered another miracle that Jesus had done when He turned water into wine.
Philip said, “Eight months’ pay would not buy enough bread for each one to have one bite!” (John 6:7) As it was getting dark outside, some of the disciples asked Jesus to send everyone away so the people could go to the villages to buy something to eat.
Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14:15-16).
There was no store close enough to buy this much food.
Jesus wanted the disciples to trust Him – to know that He alone was able to meet their need.
God may allow a situation in your life that you cannot solve.
(Teacher, feel free to insert a personal story of when God allowed this kind of situation in your life.) Trust that the Lord is able and willing to meet all of your needs.
Just a little boy’s lunch Say:Children were not seen as very important in that culture.
God was going to use someone that everyone else overlooked to perform a miracle.
He often uses those who are weakest or least important in the eyes of other people.
How about when you’re really hungry?
Jesus told the disciples to bring the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to Him.
Jesus gave thanks for the food.
Food is a gift from God.
Jesus broke the bread.
Can you imagine trying to feed that many people?
The disciples went back to Jesus time and time again to get fish and bread to feed the huge crowd.
God is so generous!
The Bible says:And God will generously provide all you need.
– 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLTSay:Everyone received as much food as they wanted, they all had pleanty to eat, and twelve baskets full of food were left over (John 6:11-13).
Jesus told His disciples to gather what was left.
Jesus told the disciples not to let anything be wasted.
They came to this place sad and hungry – ready to be away from the people.
He came to fill their emptiness with Himself!
Application: Nothing is too small for God to use it – even a little boy’s lunch.
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
– Mark 10:27b (Bible) Main Point:All things are possible with God.
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Feeding the 4,000 and feeding the 5,000—same or different?
Shawn Brasseaux contributed to this article. Anyone who is familiar with the Bible is aware of the miracle of Christ Jesus feeding a large crowd of people. The Bible learner will be able to distinguish between a verse in which He feeds 5,000 people and another passage in which He feeds 4,000 people. Are these two historical occurrences, or one historical event that has been “edited” in two different ways, or both actual events? Is there just one loaf of bread, and the other passage is simply disregarded as a “confused duplication” as the Bible suggests?
The feeding of the 5,000 is described in Matthew 14:15-21: Then, when it was late in the day, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desert location, and the time has passed; send the throng away so that they may go into the villages and purchase provisions for themselves.” However, Jesus told them that they did not need to go and that they should offer them something to eat.
- And he told the crowd to have a seat on the grass, and he took the five loaves and two fishes, and lifting his eyes to the heavens, he blessed and broke them, and he distributed the loaves to his disciples and the disciples to the crowd.
- The number of people who had eaten was around 5,000 males, in addition to women and children.” Parallel passages include Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, and John 6:5-15, among other texts.
- And he took the seven loaves and the five fishes, gave thanks, broke them, and distributed them to his disciples, who in turn distributed them to the crowds around him.
- In addition to ladies and children, there were four thousand males who ate at the banquet.
It is a little difficult to determine that this is a single miracle since it is shown from two separate angles. A detailed comparison will reveal the following seven realizations, which are listed in descending order of their importance:
- THE GOSPEL RECORDS THEIR OWN STORY. For example, if just one Gospel Record (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) contained both the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 and the miraculous feeding of the 4,000, opponents would be able to reject both as the result of the writer making a mistake. Although the feeding of the 5,000 is reported in all four Books, the feeding of 4,000 is only recounted in two of them (Books 2 and 3). (Matthew and Mark). It is really difficult to infer that these are two different perspectives on the same miracle. THERE ARE DIFFERENT CROWD SIZES. Naturally, one miracle included roughly 5,000 men (Matthew 14:21
- Mark 6:44
- Luke 9:14
- John 6:10), while the second miracle involved approximately 4,000 males (Matthew 15:38
- Mark 8:9), with women and children removed from the count. THERE ARE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. Although both are in Jewish environments (outside of Bethsaida
- See Luke 9:10), the 5,000 is in a Gentile context (outside of Bethsaida) (borders of Decapolis
- Cf. Mark 7:31). At the northernmost tip of the Sea of Galilee, Bethsaida is located, whilst Decapolis is located at the southernmost tip
- DISTINGUISHING NUMBERS OF LOAVES. The 5,000 were fed with five loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14:17
- Mark 6:38
- Luke 9:16
- John 6:9), whilst the 4,000 were fed with “seven loaves and a few little fishes” (Matthew 15:34
- Mark 8:5-7)
- DIFFERENT QUANTITIES OF LEFTOVERS (Matthew 14:17
- John 6:9). There were twelve baskets remaining after the 5,000 had been fed (Matthew 14:20
- Mark 6:43
- Luke 9:17
- John 6:13), but only seven baskets remained after the 4,000 had eaten (Matthew 15:37
- Mark 8:8)
- DIFFERENT GREEK WORDS WERE USED TO DENOMINATE “BASKETS.” More information about the 5,000 “baskets” may be found in item7 below, whilst the 4,000 “baskets” are referred to as “spuridas” (big baskets). That later basket, known as a “spuridi,” was large enough to accommodate a person such as the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:25). With such specific language, we can understand that the Holy Spirit would like us to recognize them as separate happenings
- JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF SAW THEM AS DIFFERENT OCCURRENCES. As far as evidence goes, Matthew 16:9-10 is the most persuasive piece of evidence demonstrating that the feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand were two independent historical occurrences, rather than one historical event perceived from two different perspectives. “Do you not yet comprehend, nor do you recall the five loaves of the five thousand, nor how many baskets you brought up?” says the narrator. How many basketsye took up?”
- “neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, nor how many basketsye took up?”
With our eyes, ears, and hearts open to the possibility of seeing, hearing, and believing, we will notice that there are just too many disparities between these narratives to consider them all to be one miraculous occurrence. Furthermore, if we understand them in a dispensational sense, they must be two separate instances to be considered. As previously stated, the 5,000 has a Jewish context (chapter 14), and the 4,000 has a Gentile one (chapter 15). (chapter 15). The Millennium will bring blessings to both Israel and the nations, as God’s redemption will travel through the Jews and down to the rest of the world.
The antitype is destroyed when the feeding of the multitudes is reduced to a single event (forcing the passages to become discordant with prophecy).
» Do Matthew 17:1, Mark 9:2, and Luke 9:28 conflict with one another?
What’s the difference between the feeding of the 4,000 and the 5,000?
Ted Harvey|Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (This article was written by David Bates for the website) As a result, what’s the difference between Jesus’ feeding of 5000 to 20,000 Jews (if you including the women and children) and his feeding of 4000 to 18,000 Gentiles? The difference is, without a doubt, one thousand! However, there is another significant distinction that I would want you to notice. This past Sunday, we looked at the tale of the feeding of the 5000 and beyond, which is found in Mark 6 and John 6, respectively.
- It is crucial to note, however, that both Matthew and Mark mention two distinct feedings of the multitudes in their respective accounts.
- The five loaves and two fish were placed in front of him, and he blessed and broke the loaves as he looked up to the heavens.
- -Matthew 6:35-44 They were surrounded by a big number of people who had nothing to eat on those days.
- They would collapse on the road if I send them home hungry, and some of them have traveled a considerable distance to be here.” … 5 “Can you tell me how many loaves you have?” he inquired of them.
- 6He ordered the people in the audience to take their seats on the ground.
- As a result, they were served to the audience.
- 8They finished their meal and were satisfied.
9 There were around 4,000 people in attendance.
Because, after all, if Jesus has previously provided food for 5,000 people, what exactly is contributed to the Gospel tale by providing a second feeding of a lesser number?
It would have been preferable to have used that valuable ink and parchment to record another miracle, wouldn’t you say?
Because of the location of the event, the feeding of the 4,000 is significant in history.
The feeding of the 4,000, on the other hand, took place in the territory of the Gerasenes, in the area surrounding the Decapolis.
It is significant because the first section had Jews (about 5,000), but the second region contained Gentiles (around 4,000). In addition, there are certain numerical indications in the text that indicate to this differentiation (numbers in the Bible are rarely accidental).
During this miracle, Jesus feeds five thousand people with just five loaves of bread, which is suggestive of the five books of the Jewish Law (Genesis, Exodus, and so on.). On top of that, twelve baskets of left-overs were collected after everyone had done eating, which was most likely a reference to the twelve tribes of Israel and, more specifically, to the twelve disciples. Seven loaves of bread are utilized in this second miracle, and seven baskets of food are collected. Symbolizing completion (i.e.
So, what is the meaning of the two feedings of the multitudes that had place this week?
“I am the Bread of Life,” Jesus will proclaim later in John 6, referring to himself as the Bread of Life.
Because there is only one loaf of bread, we who are many become one body because we all share of the same loaf of bread.
The 7 loaves of bread and the few fishes (Mark 8:1-8)
It had been a very hectic day. Jesus, his followers, and a large group of people were in the desert at the time. Consider the Lord leading and trailing behind His people as they follow Him, and you will gain an idea of what should always be true. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST LEADS THE PATH, with all of us following close after. Then, in Mark 8, verses 1-3, we are told: Mark 8:1-3 is a biblical passage. As the crowd grew in size and hunger became a problem, Jesus summoned the apostles to Him and told them, “I have compassion on the crowd, for they have now been with me for three days and have nothing to eat.” Because some of them have traveled a long distance, if I send them home hungry to their own homes, they will pass out on the way back home.
- He is compassionate toward those who walk with Him on the path.
- Later on, the Holy Spirit spoke to Peter, one of the men who had been present that day, and said, «Cast all your anxieties on God, for He is concerned about you.» According to Mark, the Lord felt compassion for the multitude and summoned His apostles to assist them.
- But He opted to call His followers and convey to them His worry for the other people in the crowd.
- «Then His disciples said, «How can one satisfy these many with food here in the wilderness?» says Mark 8:4.
- When the Lord speaks with us, we respond with questions such as «Yes, Lord, that would be wonderful,» rather than «How can this be accomplished?» We’re most likely looking at ourselves and our own skills.
- What did seven loaves of bread mean to those people?
- Whatever is placed in His hands multiplies tenfold.
- And He took the seven loaves, blessed them, broke them, and handed them to the disciples to lay before the multitude; and the disciples did just that.
- « The disciples were not instructed by the Lord to prepare the bread themselves.
- God’s workers are not tasked with the preparation of the food, but rather with the distribution of the bread from the Lord’s hands to the people.
Our own food, the seven loaves, will ensure that we and the people to whom we provide it will be hungry for a long time. His cuisine, on the other hand, is plenty to satisfy everyone and even leave some leftovers.
«Do you not remember?»
However, our narrative does not come to an end here. We read the following verses a few verses later: Mark 8:14-16 «At this point, the disciples had neglected to bring bread with them, and they only had one loaf of bread with them in the boat. Then He warned them, saying, “Take attention, and be on the lookout for the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. ” In their deliberations, they concluded that it was because they did not have any bread available. These were the same individuals who had handed miraculously-made bread to a group of four thousand guys earlier in the day.
- It was clear that what the Lord had done had had no effect on them.
- It is not enough to just do the task; it is also necessary to complete it with a HEART.
- Then the Master responded as follows: Mark 8:17-21 «However, Jesus, who was aware of their predicament, challenged them, saying, «Why do you reason because you have no bread?
- Is your heart still hardened from the experience?
- And, despite the fact that you have ears, do you not hear?
- In the event that I broke the five loaves of bread for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you collect?
- And how many enormous baskets full of fragments did you carry up when I shattered the seven for the four thousand?
Is it truly true that we don’t recall anything?
Take your thoughts and reasonings away from the noises of your own reasonings and thoughts, as well as from yourself and your one small loaf of stale bread.
However, the Lord has the ability to create loaves out of thin air.
In Luke 22:35, He posed the following question to the disciples: The Bible says in Luke 22:35 that when He dispatched them without a money bag, knapsack, or sandals, they “didn’t have anything.” Did they have anything?
»With the exception of obedience to the Lord, nothing is required of you in order to serve Him, and nothing will be lacking from you when you serve Him.
What Can We Learn from Jesus Feeding the Five Thousand?
In the Bible, one of the most well-known accounts of Jesus executing a great miracle is the Feeding of the Five Thousand, which can be found in numerous books such asMatthew 14:13-21 which states, “When Jesus heard what had occurred, he went by boat secretly to a secluded area.” As soon as they heard this, the throng began to pursue him on foot from the towns. When Jesus arrived on the scene and noticed a big throng, he felt sympathy for them and cured their illnesses. As the evening drew, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a secluded location, and it is now late in the evening.” Send the throngs gone so that they can go to the villages and get some food for their families.” “They don’t have to go,” Jesus responded emphatically.
- “Bring them over here,” he instructed.
- He took the five loaves and two fish and, lifting his eyes to the heavens, he expressed gratitude and broke the loaves.
- They had all finished their meals and were pleased, so the disciples went about collecting twelve baskets full of broken bits that had been left over.
- The identical description of this miracle may be found in Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-14, among other places.
4 Lessons from Jesus Feeding the 5000
When Jesus fed the five thousand, it was considered to be one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible, and it is frequently used to inspire brethren to trust in God’s mighty power and kindness. So, what does this miracle have to say about Jesus, exactly? What can we glean from this paragraph in terms of lessons? Let us look at this miracle in depth so that we may better grasp it and apply it to our everyday lives as we continue to follow Jesus’ teachings.
1. Jesus’ Compassion
The feeding of the five thousand, performed by Jesus, serves as a reminder of His compassion for His people. This is demonstrated in the first section of the chapter, where it is said that Jesus was traveling and curing the sick at the same time, among other things. At the conclusion of the day, the disciples requested that the multitude disperse because it was growing dark outside. When Jesus saw them, he told them to leave the people alone and instead to provide them with food. It is in this section of the chapter that Jesus’ character is demonstrated.
This scenario of Jesus feeding 5,000 people lends more credibility to the notion that Jesus is the Lord who rescues His Church. His compassion for His offspring, who are, by the way, sinners, is so great that He devoted His life in order to save them.
2. Jesus Uses Other People to Bless Others
Another lesson we may take away from Jesus’ Feeding of the Five Thousand is that he uses other people to bless other people, as we can see in the story of the five thousand. An example of this is when Jesus instructed his followers to go in search of food and they discovered a child who had five loaves of bread and two fish. At this precise time, Jesus decided to use the child in order to perform His miracle and transform the five loaves of bread and two fish into something that would benefit and feed the entire multitude.
- Two things may be learned from this event concerning Jesus’ methods.
- He instructs them to locate food, which they successfully achieved by locating the youngster.
- He inspires a modest lad to serve a gathering of 5,000 people by providing him with five loaves of bread and five fish.
- After that, Jesus took the loaves and broke them, giving thanks, and distributing them to those who were seated as much as they desired.
When they had finished eating, he instructed his followers to “collect the parts that are left behind.” “Don’t let anything go to waste.” As a result, they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had already eaten.
This serves as a reminder that God also uses us to bless others.
When God wants us to be a blessing to others, we must have faith, and even a small quantity or act of kindness may have a significant influence on a large number of people’s lives.
3. Jesus Is Big Enough for Any Expectation
Another lesson that we may take away from the Feeding of the Five Thousand is that Jesus is capable of meeting any and all of our hopes and aspirations. He outperformed all expectations in this area. He is the pinnacle of all things. This signifies that Jesus meets all of our needs and goes above and beyond. As stated in the verse John 1:3, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come to be” serves as a reminder of this fact. Jesus’ ability to feed the 5,000, on the other hand, is demonstrated in the story of His feeding of the 5,000.
Scholars say that the number might have been as high as 5,000 people. This brings us comfort because it reassures us that He is capable of grandeur. When it comes to God, Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
4. Nothing We Face Here on Earth Is Too Big for God
Another lesson we may take away from this miracle is that there is no major difficulty that we cannot overcome since we have God on our side. Our God is always greater than anything we can imagine, even our own problems. It is for this reason that we should not be concerned. As recorded in Matthew 6:25-27, “Therefore, I tell you, do not be concerned about your life, what you will eat or drink, nor about your body, what you will put on,” says the Lord. Isn’t there more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing?
Isn’t it true that you are more valuable than they are?
We are given assurance of Jesus’ love for us as a result of this miracle.
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FEEDING THE MULTITUDE 5 FIVE LOAVES 2 TWO FISHES JESUS CHRIST
|FEEDING THE MULTITUDEFIVE LOAVESTWO FISHES||JESUS CHRIST- Is seen here in a superb painting of the Biblical event where he is said to have fed the multitude with what was available locally, introducing the good will of nature and the ability to provide.The challenge that lays ahead forSeaVaxis to work with other organizations to help clean the oceans to a degree where it can make a difference when it comes to harvesting wild fish by removing much of the estimated 8,000,000 million tons of plastic that is going into the sea every year. SeaVax may also contribute tofishingtechnology by catching fish and other ocean produce in a manner that is sustainable forplanet earth.Unlike the Messiah, we cannot produce miracles, even though in years to come it may seem miraculous if it is that we are allowed to deploy SeaVax in sufficient numbers in the seven seas to begin the clean up that so many different people around the world are trying to tackle is so many different ways.Feeding the Multitude is a logistical problem that was recognized in the days of Christ, over two thousand years ago. This is recorded inthe Bibleas per the references below that are reproduced on an impartial basis, without any religious persuasion whatsoever on our part, save that this particular book is one of the most popular ever printed, being translated into just about every spoken language – and for this reason is an excellent reference work. The fact that the percentage of produce from the land and from the sea is close to our present situation, in that the story tells of five loaves and two fishes, is remarkable.Our problem is that as world population increases, the land available to grow crops will decrease, meaning that the oceans will become that much more important in blue growth terms that ever before.THE FEEDING OF THE 5,000The Feeding of the 5,000 is also known as the “miracle of the five loaves and two fish”, because the Gospel of John reports that five barley loaves and two small fish supplied by a boy were used by Jesus to feed a multitude. According to Luke’s Gospel, when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place near Bethsaida. The crowds followed Jesus on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”Jesussaid they did not need to go away, and therefore the disciples were to give them something to eat. They said they only had five loaves of bread and two fish, which Jesus asked be brought to him. Jesus directed the people to sit down in groups on the grass. In Mark’s Gospel the crowds sat in groups of 50 and 100, and in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus’ instructions were to seat the crowd in groups of 50, implying that there were 100 such groups.Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, beside women and children. In John’s Gospel, the multitude has been attracted around Jesus because of the healing works he has performed, and the feeding of the multitude is taken as a further sign (Greek: σημειον) that Jesus is the Messiah, the prophet who (according to the promise in Deuteronomy 18:15) is to come into the world” (John 6:14).BIBLE REFERENCEMatthew 14:13�21:13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, �This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.� Jesus said to them, �They need not go away; you give them something to eat.� They replied, �We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.� And he said, �Bring them here to me.� Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.Mark 6:31�44:31He said to them, �Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.� For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, �This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.� But he answered them, �You give them something to eat.� They said to him, �Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?�And he said to them, �How many loaves have you? Go and see.� When they had found out, they said, �Five, and two fish.� Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. Luke 9:12�17:12The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, �Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a deserted place.� 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.� For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, �Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.� They did so and made them all sit down.And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces. Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, �Who do the crowds say that I am?� They answered, �John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.� He said to them, �But who do you say that I am?� Peter answered, �The Messiah of God.� He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, �The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.�John 6:1�14:1After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, �Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?� 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, �Six months� wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.� One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter�s brother, said to him, �There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?� Jesus said, �Make the people sit down.� Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, �Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.� So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, �This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.�When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, �It is I; do not be afraid.� Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, �Rabbi, when did you come here?� Jesus answered them, �Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.�Then they said to him, �What must we do to perform the works of God?� Jesus answered them, �This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.� So they said to him, �What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, �He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Then Jesus said to them, �Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.�They said to him, �Sir, give us this bread always.� Jesus said to them, �I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.ART- A superb picture illustrating the “five loaves” and “two fishes” story in classic fashion.PREACHER – The date of birth of Jesus of Nazareth is not stated in the gospels or in any secular text, but most scholars assume a date of birth between 6 BC and 4 BC. Three methods have been used to estimate the year of the birth of Jesus: one based on the accounts of his birth in the gospels with reference to King Herod’s reign, another by working backwards from his stated age of “about 30 years” when he began preaching (Luke 3:23) in “the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar” (Luke 3:1-2), and one based on astronomical events that the Magi would have observed: the three methods indicate a date of birth before Herod’s death in 4 BC, a date of birth around 2 BC, and Saturday April 17, 6 BC / 17.4.748 AUC / 14 Nisan 3790 HC, respectively.MARKER – This Church is said to be on or near the site of the fabled sermons and fish and loaves event.STAFF OF LIFE -Every person on earth needs the same basic nutrition to live a long and healthy life. The oceans can provide around a tenth of the protein we need for us if they are kept clean enough that wild fish do not suffer from man made disease – in this case in the form of plastic ingestion and accumulated toxins and oil pollution – both of which are potentially carcinogenic.LINKS REFERENCEYoutube watch Youtube watch Youtube watch Youtube watch Man in the maze the lent series feeding the 5000 Lionels need ministries all-i-need-is-five-loaves-of-bread-and-two-fishWikipedia Feeding_the_multitude|
A Summary and Analysis of the Feeding of the Five Thousand
Let’s start with a question from a quiz. Approximately how many people did Jesus feed with the loaves and fishes during the renowned miracle described in the Book of Acts? a) A total of 5,000 persons b) A total of 4,000 men c) a total of more than 5,000 persons The answer is either b) or c), depending on which section of the New Testament you reference; nonetheless, the answer is not a). The following analysis will attempt to explain why a response of “5,000 persons” cannot be considered acceptable, at the very least in part.
- Because we commonly refer to ‘Jesus and the feeding of the five thousand’ in everyday discourse, it’s worth taking a closer look at what the Bible truly says about it.
- As a result, he boarded a ship and sailed into a ‘desert spot’ (i.e., a desolate location) near the city of Bethsaida, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
- Fish, of course, will play an important role in this narrative.
- However, even if Herod was unable to locate Jesus in this new fishy location, Jesus’ own supporters were able to do so.
- Jesus, on the other hand, was going to demonstrate his divinity to the assembled throng.
- However, as nightfall neared, Jesus’ leading followers informed him that they were in a distant location and that he should send the multitudes away so that they might travel to the adjacent towns and get food for the evening meal.
- They, on the other hand, said they only had five loaves of bread and two fish.
When Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, he lifted his eyes to the heavens and blessed them before breaking the meal into pieces.
They had all finished their meals and were satisfied, so the disciples went and collected twelve baskets full of leftovers.
Take note of the terminology here: the feeding of the five thousand was explicitly feeding of five thousand men–or ‘about’ that number–and not just any five thousand guys.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand (also known as the Five Thousand): analysis In all four gospels (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, and John 6:1-14), the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle done by Jesus that is documented in all four gospels.
It has already been reported in John’s Gospel that Jesus is a prophet with healing powers, and the people have taken notice.
And sure enough, the book of John (6:14) informs us that “when those men saw the miracle that Jesus performed, they declared, “This is of a fact the prophet who is to come into the world.” Thus, the feeding of (roughly) five thousand (men), which occurs at precisely the proper time to demonstrate Jesus’ supernatural abilities, and the fact that a multitude of thousands witnesses it firsthand, gives credibility to the belief that he is the Messiah.
In addition to being symbolic on another level, the narrative serves to illustrate Jesus’ teachings on the significance of feeding and caring for the poor.
It should be noted, however, that this was not the first time that Jesus achieved such a miracle.
This one appears only in Matthew 15:32-39 and Mark 8:1-9, which may explain why it’s less well-known than other versions of the Bible.
And, after all, feeding four thousand people isn’t nearly as amazing as feeding five thousand people, is it? This miracle also specifies four thousand males, with women and children not included in the overall number of people who participated in it.