They Missed Their Chance to Do a Miracle

Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “Tell the people to go away to the nearby villages and farms and buy themselves some food, for there is nothing to eat here in this desolate spot, and it is getting late.”

But Jesus said, “You feed them.” (How tragic that Jesus was offering to let them experience the miracle of multiplying the food and they could only see their limitations as seen in their response)

“With what?” they asked. “It would take a fortune to buy food for all this crowd!”

“How much food do we have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back to report that there were five loaves of bread and two fish. Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down, and soon colorful groups of fifty or a hundred each were sitting on the green grass.

He took the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven, gave thanks for the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple to place before the people. And the crowd ate until they could hold no more!

There were about 5,000 men there for that meal, and afterwards twelve basketfuls of scraps were picked up off the grass!

The text states that there were five thousand men present, besides women and children. Therefore the total number of people Jesus fed could have been ten to fifteen thousand. The number of men is listed separately because in the Jewish culture of the day, men and women usually ate separately when in public. The children ate with the women.

Give what You Have

Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed more than five thousand people. What he was originally given seemed insufficient, but in his hands it became more than enough.

We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager, but he can use and multiply whatever we give him, whether it is talent, time, or treasure. It is when we give them to Jesus that our resources are multiplied. God gives in abundance. He takes whatever we can offer him in time, ability, or resources and multiplies its effectiveness beyond our wildest expectations. If you take the first step in making yourself available to God, he will show you how greatly you can be used to advance the work of his Kingdom.

Published by Intentional Faith

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