Then Jesus, having lifted up the eyes and having seen that a great crowd is coming to Him, says to Philip, “From where shall we buy bread that these might eat?” John 6:5
Lets picture the scene, there was around 5,000 people, (men, woman, and children) and they have traveled great distances to hear the Messiah Jesus preach. They were all in a remote location, far outside the city, it was getting late and people were getting hungry.
Jesus asked Philip “Where should we buy them food?” Jesus already knew the answer but he was testing the faith of his disciples to see what their response would be
Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.” John 6:7
A “denarii” is a days wages, so Philip is saying it would take 200 days of wages to pay for enough food. Think of our jobs today, figure in weekends and holidays, 200 days is probably a whole years salary or more. So basically it was going to cost a lot of money to provide food for all the people, money that obviously the disciples didn’t have since they dedicated their lives to the ministry
“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” John 6:9
But wait, God works in mysterious ways! Heres a little boy, he has no money but he does have 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. To the skeptic this looks ridiculous, they wouldn’t even consider this an option. But for God ANYTHING is possible!
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. John 6:10
Jesus response was “SIT DOWN”, Jesus is saying I GOT THIS! The Skeptic were running calculations through our minds, 5 loaves + 2 Fish – 5,000 People This will never work!
Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. John 6:11
Jesus took the little food they had, Thanked God and it was multiplied! God supplied so much food that there was leftovers and then some! How can this be? God can do anything!
How often do we look at our lives and see I only have this and that, however God can take whatever you have and provide all your needs! Don’t limit Gods ability, Don’t put God in a box! He is our Provider in Jesus Name Amen!