Mark 6:30–44 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion
on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding
countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”
38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups,
by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all
ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
The twelve apostles returned from their evangelism
tour and are wanting to update Jesus. Jesus wants them to get away and take a break. It is important for all of us to take a break from our weekly duties. This is why the Lord has created the Sabbath, a day of rest. But the people
saw them and they crowd around them. They were like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus begins teaching them, but it is getting late in the day. The people are hungry and we are about to experience the feeding of 5,000 from a Happy Meal.
Well, Happy Meal may not be the right name for the meal, but all they had were five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blesses the food and begins dividing it. The pieces end up feeding 5,000 and they have 12 baskets left over. Now, these
loaves and two fish could have been really HUGE, but let’s be realistic. Fish that big would not be a persons lunch. What we see is a miracle where Jesus provides for all. This is a miracle. I would imagine that none of
the 5,000 ever forgot this miracle. Jesus is the miracle maker, but more importantly... He is the Savior of the World.
I pray: O Lord, help me to place a higher value on your message and teachings
than on your miracles. It is your Word that bring Salvation to the lost. Help me to cling to your messages and teachings. Amen.