Five loaves and two fish…really, dinner for thousands–it was the height of provision. Jesus was having to remove himself from the limelight; after the death of John the Baptist. So, He got into a boat to withdraw, but thousands followed. He loved them, so, He healed them, and spoke to them. Then as the day progressed, Jesus not only protected and pepared them; but with the assistance of Andrew and one young man’s lunch, He provided for them–well over 5000 folks.
God does that, he brings what we need, when we need it. More importantly, Jesus does so, without frustration or worry. He handles it with grace and ease–and in the end, He does so much more than meet the immediate need; He prepares folks for eternity.
Personally, I have seen God deliver on His promises for almost 56 years. He took an Alaskan orphan and provided great family, upbringing, education, friends, wife, kids…Grandchild!! He has preotected me from weather–(Tidal wave, tornado, hurricane and flood), multiple car wrecks, crime and disease. I have always had a place to rest my head, clothes to cover my body, and food to feed myself and my family. He has raised me, prepared me for ministry, given me life long friends and family and eternal life.
There is little more He could do for me, and I bet for you. Like the crowd; He has healed, taught and fed us with grace and ease. All Jesus asked in return–is to trust and follow Him. Seems fair!
God Bless You
Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 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.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. 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. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.