Feeding the Five Thousand

Luke 9:10-17

After the disciples returned, they went off to seclusion with Jesus. The only problem was that everywhere they went, they attracted huge crowds. Like rock stars, they had little chance of remaining secluded for long. What follows in this passage is one of the most familiar stories of all, the feeding of the 5,000.

I’ve written on this many times before, and I would imagine that anyone reading this can tell the story with no help from me. Consequently, I will only focus on one point here…

In the last passage, Jesus sent the Twelve out entirely on their own; they had no provisions of any kind with them, and they had to depend entirely on God for their sustenance and God provided. Now, with the hour growing late and their location being very remote, they come to Jesus and recommend that He send the crowds away so that they could find food and lodging. This seems more than reasonable; it seems advisable. Yet Jesus was having none of it.

“You give them something to eat.” (9:14)

If you were one of the Twelve, what would you say to that?

They gave Jesus an inventory of what was on hand; Jesus didn’t see a problem feeding 5,000 with barely enough for their own small group of 13.

And that is exactly what they did.

What is God saying to us in this passage?

What are you going to do about it?

See you next time!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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5 Responses to Feeding the Five Thousand

  1. With Jesus, all things are possible. I am to give Jesus what I have, and He will bless it and multiply it if I surrender all and wait on Him to provide, so that I am empowered to serve others. Bless you! Karen

  2. Mel Wild says:

    Sounds like a follow-up lesson in trusting in God’s provision instead of our own. If they can trust God for their own provision, why can’t He do the same with the 5,000? It’s not a one-time deal. It applies in all situations. Still learning that one! 🙂

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