Luke 9:10–17 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
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.
This miracle is listed in all
four Gospel accounts. Sometimes there is some confusion as to whether it was 5,000 or 4,000. The Gospel of Mark settles this issue by listing both feedings, so there were two feedings. This is a really neat teaching parable. They are
out in the middle of nowhere when they start getting hungry. It is the twelve who asked Jesus to send them away to find food and lodging. I mean, where are the McDonalds, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, and Whataburgers.... they are not in the city,
but the country. Jesus knows their concerns, but he takes this moment to teach them a few things about Jesus. He says to them “You give them something to eat.” Well they have just a little more than a Happy Meal
and not enough money to buy food for all. I know that they must have been frustrated with Jesus saying “You give them something to eat.” They probably looked at each other with a blank stare, feeling helpless and confused about
what Jesus was asking. They have fallen into the trap, as even we do, and thinking about Jesus as just a man instead of seeing him as the Son of God. With Jesus, the impossible can be overcome. He had them all sit down and he blessed
the two fish and five loaves and had the twelve feed them by distributing the food. Who would have ever known that those two fish and five loaves would have fed 5,000 and still have leftovers. Jesus was teaching them that He is God and nothing
is impossible with God. Jesus provided for their needs and still had more leftovers than when they started. Jesus provides abundantly.
I pray: O Lord, why do we tend to limit your abilities
according to our limitations? Help us to know that you are bigger than any problem we can bring you. Help us to bring our problems to you and let you be God. Work through us to help others. Help us to learn from this lesson today that
nothing is impossible with you, Lord! Amen.