It was a great teaching moment. The disciples had been out in the land teaching, preaching and healing people. They now returned to Jesus and brought with them a crowd. Jesus saw the crowd and began teaching them (See the Sermon on the Mount). As the day drew to evening, the disciples and the crowd grew hungry. Jesus used that moment to show the disciples and the crowd God’s economy. 5 loaves (really more like sandwich roles) and 2 fish became a feast for thousands. There, as the disciples watched, Jesus provided the most basic of needs to a group that really expected nothing.
In our lives, God does the same today. As we follow him, he uses the most ordinary resources and the most opportune times to teach us how amazing and gracious he is. He does not make spectacles—he does not hire Hollywood, no, he uses ordinary people and the most basic resources so that we can be assured it is him that does the miraculous. God realizes that many that see such miracles become expectant for the provision and forget the purpose. That is why he seeks those that will walk by faith and not simply look for miracles. As we walk with him, he calls us to make disciples—Matt 28:18-20. To do that, we must believe he is God and trust he can protect and provide our needs. Watch—As you do, God will show you as he did the apostles, how amazing he really is!
God Bless You
35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 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 his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.