5,000 is quite the crowd of people to see following the Teacher, clinging to His every word. And we should add in this fact – that’s how many men were there besides women and children. I guess we could safely double our number to 10,000. That brings a funny question to mind.
If you could have been there, who would you rather have been?
Would you like to be one of the common folk who sat on the grass in one of the carefully counted groups of 50, who were waiting to be served the early version of tuna sandwiches – fish and bread?
Would you more likely choose to be 1 of the 12 who knew that all they had to work with was a little boy’s lunch? That consisted of 5 loaves and 2 fish. But as a disciple you would experience first hand the power of Christ to do His miraculous math and multiply the supply!
Maybe you’d prefer to be the young one who said “Yes” to Jesus in giving Him all he had to offer? There was a “Skip the dishes” scenario playing out that left everyone in awe of the Son of God.
Whatever position you chose, there would have been plenty to tell your family and neighbors about that eventful day. Plenty of people – plenty of food – plenty of the wonderful power of God on public display.
Feeding 5,000 with lots left over!
I had the great privilege of taking a salmon fishing charter in Alaska. This photo was taken from our fairly small boat, taking us from sunshine into the likely path a heavy rainstorm. We had fished maybe an hour and caught nothing – but when the rain came, we caught 2 beauties. That’s just enough to feed 10,000 people! Now if we could only find a few loaves of bread – and one very special Teacher. It is hard to imagine, but faith is always required when we are involved in walking with the Lord. Well, as odd as it may sound in our society, keep the faith. You’ll never regret doing so!