And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
Comment: Miracles, as they are called, are one of the things which make us ask ourselves ‘do I or don’t I believe that?’ Trying to make it more logical some claim that His authoritative dealing of the situation make the crowd, when they were seated down, open up the food that they had already prepared and brought with them. But the story doesn’t read like that. Yesterday the picture given is of people setting out at short notice in a race to get to the other side of the lake before He arrived; the disciples certainly didn’t see anything but a huge hungry crowd in a deserted place, where there was no 24/7 or Aldi’s nearby; and if you’ve got 5,000 men plus women and teenagers and children why make a fuss about twelve baskets of scraps! No this story is meant to make us see Jesus as not an ordinary person. Remember Mark at the beginning said that this book is about Jesus, the Son of God!
Prayer: Please don’t let me sit on the fence, in faith matters, O God.