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How Will We Eat? Jesus Feeds The 5000 | Matthew 14:13-21

Have we forgotten who God is and what he can do?

This week, we study Matthew chapter 14:13-21. Let’s dig in!

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It’s a Bible story we know so well. We’ve all heard it numerous times. Jesus feeds 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. This miracle is in all four gospels. Honestly, you can’t help but be amazed by it. It’s pretty dramatic. Jesus takes a loaf, holds it up, asks the Lord to bless it and begins to break it. Voila. Everyone is fed. Everyone is satisfied. There are twelve baskets left over. The even cooler part is that this is just an affirmation of the character of God.

This is not the first time this brand of miracle had been performed. The other cool thing is that the Jews would have known about the previous ones. So it should also have been proof of who Jesus was. You see, God fed the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. They were worried and therefore complained and grumbled that they would have been better off to stay in slavery than to starve to death in the desert. So God sent manna from heaven. And when they asked (ahem, complained) for meat, God sent quail. It was just enough. They collected both for the day.

They always had just what was needed. (Exodus 16, Numbers 11:21-23) There is a lesser-known story of Elisha feeding 100 with 20 loaves in 2 Kings 4:42-44. It might just have been lesser known to me. I had never read it before. It just makes me wonder of the things we know, yet don’t know. Jesus had already told us in Matthew about praying and one of the lines is “give us this DAY our DAILY bread”. (emphasis mine) Stories we know. Scripture we know. Have we forgotten who God is and what he can do?

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