Jesus' Footprints

Feeding the Four Thousand

Posted on: 13 Dec 2010

Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”

Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”

And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala (Matthew 15:32-39).

There are several lessons you can learn from this account.  God does the impossible.  Jesus was able to feed over four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and a few little fish.   What did He do before He gave them to the disciples to give to the people?  He gave thanks.  He thanked His Father for providing them with food for the people. 

God provides.  When we are strapped for money, God always finds a way to help us.  A friend of mine needed money to fund a program she is putting together in March.  She needed five thousand dollars.  We prayed about it.  God answered.  She is getting twice the amount she asked for plus more.  God multiplies.   He multiplied the loaves of bread and fish—giving people what they needed and more.

Jesus showed that He is a compassionate God.  He took care of the people’s spiritual and physical needs.  He showed that we should always give thanks to God for meeting all our needs.  And He showed that when we bless the little that we have, it can go a long way.

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