Mark 8:1–10 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
8 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And
if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them,
“How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people;
and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there
were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
I have heard people say the Bible is full of contradictions.
I disagree. I will admit that sometimes you have to look at the issue from a different perspective, but I don’t see contridictions. I hear people use for example, did Jesus feed 5,000 people or 4,000 people... because the Bible say 5,000
in one place and 4,000 in another. I agree that it seems confusing when 5,000 is listed in one place and 4,000 is listed in another, however they are both correct. They are two separate feedings. In fact, the Book of Mark lists both.
The feeding of 5,000 happens in chapter 6 and the feeding of 4,000 happens in chapter 8 of the Book of Mark.
There are some small differences between the two, but they are different feeding. Both
show a miracle that is impossible to pull off. It is a big event today for a caterer to feed 4,000-5,000 people. A lot of planning, organizing, logistics... must be arranged. I cannot go to Kroger and buy that much meat without notice.
It would take a couple of weeks for a short notice, to contact all of the suppliers, to make certain you have enough kitchen and storage space, and to have enough people to pull it off. To call a seasoned caterer and to need it within the hour... you
would be laughed at! Jesus pulls both of these feedings without any hitches and has food left over... and that was 2,000 years ago! Impossible? Yes... for man, but “no” for God!
O Lord, your miracles show that you are the Messiah, the Christ... the Son of God. Your message however is even more important. You may feed people physical food and fill their bellies for a day, but you Word is Spiritual food that brings eternal
life! Help me to share your love and grace to our surrounding community. Amen.