People Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All

The Miracle Through the Bread and Fish

Where Did the Miracle Take PlaceThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »?

(MatthewThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » 14:12-21)

Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

August 03, 2014 (8th Sunday after PentecostThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... »)

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Introduction

Who among you believes in miracles?  Let me ask this wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », who among you believes that miracle may happen in our times?

The Princeton ReligionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » Research Center’s PRRC Emerging Trends made a research and published in November 1988. The survey questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » is that “Even today, miracles are performed by the power“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »” and they asked adults for this question. The percentage of adults who mostly agree or completely agree with the statement was 82%.

The storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » of the miraculous feeding occupied a central place in the oral tradition about JesusThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » ChristNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ». It is only the miracle story that occurs in all four GospelsJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». Matthew and MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » even tell the story twice (Mt.14:13-21; 15:32-39; Mk.6:30-44; 8:1-10; Lk. 9:10-19 and Jn. 6:1-15). The story of the feeding of the 5000 was popular in the early churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » because of the Eucharistic interpretation to which it lent itself, the Eucharistic interpretation receivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » a notable touchMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » in JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » chapter 6.

I. The Miracle Takes Place in the Desert

The story tells us that the feeding happened in the desert, and they were far from villages, that’s why Jesus decided that they should be given food rather than sending them away to buy their own food.

In the passage, the disciplesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » wanted to send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » them away, and buy their own food from desert to far villages. But Jesus had different idea, let the crowd stay, and giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » them food. Who had more intelligent and pragmatic suggestions? Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », the disciples, in our modern timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », if you would suggest like what Jesus did, you might say, “Oh this manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » is crazy.”

To accommodate the will of Jesus, the disciples asked “Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” (Mk.6:37). In the version of LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... », “We have nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » more than five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all these people” (9:13). In the version of John, it was Jesus who asked and tested Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” (6:5-6).

To cut the story short, the miracle of feeding the 5000 happened in the desert. In a dry landCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». Dry land symbolizes of lack of lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », the ugliness of the land. But God showed that he could make miracles anywhere he wants to.

He can make miracle even though a man is hopeless, he can make a miracle in a boring church, and that’s what happened at 312 AzusaThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... » street in Los AngelesMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », Ca“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ». in 1906 till 1915 (some source until 1920). The longest revivalThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » happened in that address, and you knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » what building is that? It was “a lumberyard, a stockyard, a tombstone shop, and had most recently been used as a stable on the ground floor with rooms for rent upstairs” (http://www.revival-library.org/pensketches/am_pentecostals/seymourazusa.html). But that place was the place where the Pentecostal churches started. That ugly building was the vortex of Pentecostalism that scattered all over the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » and in all churches.

God can make miracles even though our community is full of transgressions. Do you remember the story of NinevehDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... »? The evangelist of God, JonahDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » did not like to go to Nineveh to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » salvationThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... », because they were evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » in the sight of God, so he bound for TarshishDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » instead of following the will of God. But the LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » made miracles, and wonders, and Jonah finally arrived in Nineveh. He preached the will of God, and the people repented from their sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».feeding5000-2

II. The Miracle Takes Place With the Loaves of Bread and Fish

Matthew 14:19-20 say “Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » and blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » them. Then he broke the loaves in pieces and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. All of them ate and were filled. Then the disciples picked up what was left of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.”

Miracle of multiplying the bread and fish? Do you believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that? In the 1 KingsThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » 17, ElijahThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », a foreigner in the land of Zarephath in Sidon, asked the widow to give him something to eat. The widow argued that she had only a handful of flour, and some oil“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » left in the bottle enough for her and her sonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ». Elijah insisted that she should give him food first, and afterwards cook for themselves since he believed what the Lord told him that her jarWhat is Life?. Read more ... » of flour, and the bottle of oil would not be empty (v.16). For many days, the jar and bottle did not become empty.

Miracle of multiplying the loaves of bread and fish? Why not? Our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If he did miracles before, he can make miracles today, and he can make miracles in the future.

III. The Miracle Takes Place in the HeartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of People

Another interpretation of this miracle of feeding the 5000 is that of William Barclay, an Scottish theologian. He interprets that since the PassoverHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » was coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » and the people were going to Jerusalem, people must be ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... ». They must have had foods in their bags. It was just wise to prepare everything before you travel to a very far place.

In the account of John, it was Andrew who discovered that a little boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » had five barley loaves and two small fish (6:9). In the accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke, they did not mention the boy. If a little boy had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, how much more those adults who were in journey towards Jerusalem. Where’s the miracle there?feeding5000-3

I will tell you where it was. When Jesus Christ“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » gave thanksIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... », and broke the bread and fish, and distributed to the crowd, the people felt the miracle in their hearts, they felt the needs to bring out their packed meals, and share with others.

What’s the messageThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... » in this kind of interpretation? God will make a miracle in us if we are going to give upA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » our lives to Him. The little boy’s giving upA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » of his packed meals was a goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » model example here. Miracles might happen when something is given up.

Let us ask ourselves, what are the things that we need to give up so that miracles will happen to us?

 Conclusion

In the story, we can see that Jesus initiated the miracle. He made the miracle for the people. Why? Matthew 14:14 gives us a hint. He loved them, he had compassion for them. Indeed, if loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » is in us, it will move us, it will move to something miraculous. Jesus cared for the people rather than materials things.

Why Jesus was not making miracles always, simply because miracle was only used to strengthen the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » of the KingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of God. To strengthen the message of Jesus Christ.

 

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