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.
This is a really neat
story in which Jesus is teaching his disciples. A crowd of fie thousand is hungry. Jesus is told to let them go so they can go and find food. Jesus replies “you give them something to eat.” He is setting up the teaching.
His teaching is that Jesus can perform miracles and that nothing is impossible when God is involved. The disciples know they can’t feed the crowd, but with Jesus… they can all eat their fill and be satisfied. And that is what exactly
I pray: O Lord, you truly are the Son of Man. You make things happen which are impossible. Help me to trust you and to not doubt