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Matthew 14- Feeding the Multitude

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. Matthew 14:13-17

The feeding of the 5,000 is a story that is documented in all four of the gospels, this story really demonstrates how Jesus is the Christ and the New Covenant is a Better Covenant (Hebrews 8) Notice the location of this event, it’s in the wilderness. Now thinking back to the Old (Mosaic) Covenant what happened in the wilderness? Well Moses led the Israelites through the Wilderness, and God provided the Bread from Heaven and the Living Water

Well as Moses prophesied, there will be One greater than Moses, (Deuteronomy 18:15) Moses was prophesying about Jesus, and Christ was demonstrating how He is greater than Moses, Christ is greater than all, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. While Moses relied upon God to provide for the Israelites, Jesus provided for the 5,000 in the Wilderness, Christ was revealing his deity as God in the flesh (John 1:14)

He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 14:18-21

 Christ blessed the bread, broke the bread , and distributed it among the multitude, does this sound familiar? Jesus was revealing that He is the Bread from Heaven (John 6) , Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), this was a revelation of Communion, the breaking of bread is a reminder of Christ sacrifice

But also it is important to understand Jesus is the Bread from Heaven, Christ is the Manna that came down from Heaven, to give us eternal life. Without the sacrifice of Christ , there is no atonement for our sins. Jesus paid it all for us on the cross, on the 3rd day, he rose from the dead defeating sin and death forever!

Are you hungry for righteousness? Are you thirsty for salvation? Come to Jesus Christ and you shall be saved Amen!

Luke 9- Feeding the Multitude

And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.Luke 9:12-14

So as Jesus continued to preach, and continued to perform miracles, including healings, the crowds just continued to grow massively. So Jesus decided to keep moving out more remotely from Jerusalem, however the crowds still continued to follow him anyway. So now you can see the issue, a massive crowd out in the middle of nowhere. These people had no food, no where to sleep, many of them had families. So the disciples suggested to Jesus to send them all home!

But notice Jesus’ response “You give them something to eat” Jesus was not only not going to send the crowds away but he ordered the disciples to find them food, the disciple had no idea what to do. Now as we are reading this, lets remember the Israleites in the wilderness, God sent down the Manna from Heaven to feed the Israelites. Jesus is the Bread from Heaven sent to the entire world

A little boy had 5 loaves and 2 fish, notice the symbolic number of 7, which Biblically represents completion. Jesus was going to feed the great multitude from what he was given, alot more symbols and shadows will be revealed during this event

And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. Luke 9:15-17

Notice Jesus broke the bread, distributed among the multitude. This was a foreshadow of Christ’s death on the cross. The Lamb of God, broken on the cross, to deliver salvation to the entire world. Jesus is the Bread of Life, that came down from Heaven, this was a foreshadow of the New Covenant.  This also reminds you of the sacrament of communion, the bread blessed, broken, and distrubed to the multitude through Christ

Another symbolic number of 12, remember the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 Apostles. This symbolizes the completion of God’s governing rule. The Bread from Heaven, Jesus Christ, has fulfilled and established God’s Kingdom.

The more you look at this event, the more you understand Gods plan and purpose through Christ. Jesus is the Bread from Heaven, that died for our sins, so we can inherit eternal life, the food that lasts forever Amen!

Mark 6- Feeding The Five Thousand

And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? Mark 6:34-37

Jesus began drawing major crowds, and he had great compassion for them as the Great Shepherd. At this point Jesus was teaching outside of Jerusalem in the desert, far away from civilization, it was starting to get late in the day and the disciples were worried about feeding all these people!

The disciples first thought was to send everyone away, however Jesus commanded “Give them something to eat” Jesus didn’t turn away anyone as the Good Shepherd. He had compassion and love for his Sheep. Notice the similarity between God feeding the Israelites in the Wilderness and Jesus feeding his people in the Wilderness!

The first thought and response of the disciples is, “How can we feed all these people”? They don’t have money or resources, however Jesus is asking them to have faith and trust in him. Just as he is asking us today to trust him also in the Wilderness!

He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. Mark 6:38-41

Notice the symbolic number of 7 (5 loaves and 2 fish) as we know 7 is the Biblical number of completion. Jesus took whatever they had to offer, blessed it, and multiplied it. This should be a message to the Church, take the gifts that you have, and Christ will bless and use it for Gods glory!

Jesus blessed and broke the bread, does that sound familiar? A foreshadow of the Lords Supper, a foreshadow of his death on the cross. Jesus is breaking bread with his people and having fellowship with them, this is exactly what Communion is all about! Honoring our Lord and having fellowship with each other including Christ!

And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. Mark 6:42-44

Notice the symbolism of the 12 baskets, the 12 Apostles, the 12 tribes of Israel. God doesn’t do anything by mistake, this event is a revelation of who Jesus is and who we are because of Christ

Jesus is your Shepherd, Jesus is providing for you in the Wilderness, have faith in Him Amen!

John 6- Feeding The Multitude

When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. John 6:5-7

When we look at the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000, at first glance it just appears to be another miracle performed by Christ. However when we look deeper into this miracle we see the foreshadows of the New Covenant that Jesus is bringing to the world

First Jesus was testing the faith of his disciples, he asked them to get enough bread to feed 5,000 people, knowing that the disciples could never provide this quantity. The disciples were perplexed by Christ’s request, “this would cost a year’s salary to feed all these people” they responded. But with God all things are possible

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. John 6:8-10

Jesus asks the disciples, what do you got? Andrew responds “There is a little boy with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish” , most of us would have laughed at such a solution but Jesus commanded them “Have everyone sit down” 

Jesus was going to display his power and authority, also demonstrate that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains or feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish!

Also consider the setting all this is happening at, the crowd was in the wilderness just like the Israelites. It’s a replaying of God providing the Manna from Heaven, but Jesus is our Manna from Heaven!

And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. John 6:11-12

Now notice what Jesus does here, he thanks our Heavenly Father and breaks the bread to distribute it. What does this remind you of? Communion, this is a foreshadow of Christ going to the cross. His broken body became a ransom for our sin!

Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. John 6:13-14

Could the gathering of the bread fragments be symbolic of the gathering of the lost sheep, the gathering of the elect. Regardless when the great multitude witnessed this miracle, they understood that Jesus was the Christ! Amen!