Matthew 15:32–39 (ESV)
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” 33 And
the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” 34 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and
a few small fish.” 35 And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples,
and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 38 Those who ate were four thousand men,
besides women and children. 39 And after sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.
have often heard people refer to inconsistencies in the Bible and will say “Did Jesus feed 5,000 or 4,000 people?” The correct answer is both! Matthew writes about both events. Today’s reading is the feeding of the 4,000.
The feeding of the 5,000 is found in Chapter 14, starting at verse 13. Both stories are similar, yet very different. In both stories, we should take note that Jesus prayed. Jesus is teaching us by example. If Jesus prayed, then so should
we! God does provide for our daily needs. He fed the Children of Israel in the Exodus and he feeds both the 5,000 and 4,000 in the New Testament.
pray: O Lord, give us this day, our daily bread. Help me to not complain when you provide for me, but to be happy and satisfies. Help me to always give thanks for the many things you have done for me. Amen.