Matthew 14:13–21 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went
ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away
to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five
loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he
looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the
broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
The feeding of the
5,000 is a spectacular miracle. I call it a teaching miracle where Jesus teaches the disciples. He says “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” He is teaching them that they can’t, but he can. Jesus
takes five loaves and two fish… and feeds 5,000. It is not difficult for the Creator, who created the world out of nothing, feeding 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish is a piece of cake. Jesus blesses the food and the disciples distribute the
food and all ate and were satisfied. So the disciples did feed them, but they could not have done it without Jesus help. Jesus, the Creator, is bigger than any problem that comes your way.
I pray: O Lord, too often I doubt you or do not bring my concerns to you and I try to handle it by myself. Help me to trust you and your ways. Forgive me when I fail. Amen.