After traveling along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down. Another huge crowd gathered around him and he healed many who suffered from various ailments. The crowd was amazed and praised God.
In a scene reminiscent of this earlier feeding of a hungry crowd, Jesus called his disciples together and said this:
I have compassion for these people. They have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance. (Mark 8:1-3; Matthew 15:29-32)
Making it pretty clear that they missed the point the last time around, his disciples answered:
But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them? (Mark 8:4; Matthew 15:33)
Jesus refrained from clunking them on the head like maybe I would have. Here’s what happened next:
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied.
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. More than 4,000 were present.
(Mark 8:5-9; Matthew 15:34-38)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus once again demonstrated that he is the powerful and compassionate healer and provider sent straight from the Father.
2. What exactly should we do?
Have faith, come to Jesus and trust him for your daily bread — both physical and spiritual. Only he truly satisfies.
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