Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15.

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Jesus Feeds Five Thousand +

Matthew 14:13-21 (KJV) 13 When Jesus heard of it (see Matthew 14:1-20), He departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities.  14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.  15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.  16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  17 And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.  18 He said, Bring them hither to Me.  19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.  21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Mark 6:30-44 (KJV) 30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.  31 And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.  33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto Him.  34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.  35 And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came unto Him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.  37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?  38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.  39 And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.  40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.  41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided He among them all.  42 And they did all eat, and were filled.  43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.  44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Luke 9:10-17 (KJV) 1And the apostles, when they were returned, told Him all that they had done. And He took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.  11 And the people, when they knew it, followed Him: and He received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.  12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto Him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.  13 But He said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.  14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to His disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.  15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.  16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.  17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

John 6:1-15 (KJV) 1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.  And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His miracles which He did on them that were diseased.  And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.  And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.  When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?  And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.  One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto Him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?  10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.  12 When they were filled, He said unto His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.  13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.  14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.  15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.

1. Where did Jesus go after hearing from the disciples (Matthew 14:13b; Luke 9:10)? Jesus went to a desert place.

2. Who was invited by Jesus to go with Him (Mark 6:31; Luke 9:10)? The disciples.

3. Who followed Jesus (Matthew 14:13-14; Mark 6:33; Luke 9:11)? A great multitude.

4. When Jesus went forth what did He do (Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:11)? He was moved with compassion toward the multitude.  He received them.  He healed their sick.  He spoke to them about the kingdom of God.

5. Why did the disciples want the multitude sent  away (Matthew 14:15; Mark 6:36; Luke 9:12)? It was late and the multitude had no food.

6. How did Jesus respond (Matthew 14:16; Mark 6:37: Luke 9:13)?  Jesus told the disciples to give the multitude something to eat.

7. What information did Andrew give (John 6:8)? There was a boy with 5 loaves and two fish.

8. What did Jesus do with the boy’s food (Matthew 14:18-19; Mark 6:39-41; Luke 9:15-17; John 6:10-11)? Jesus blessed, broke and gave it to the disciples to hand out to the multitude.

9. How much food was left over (Matthew 14:20; Mark 6:43; Luke 9:17; John 6:13)? Twelve baskets full.

10. How many were fed (Matthew 14:21; Mark 6:44; Luke 9:14; John 10:10)? Over 5000.

HEAR the WORD

John 6:14-15 14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth the prophet that should come into the world.  15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force, to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Why do you believe Jesus didn’t want to become a king on earth? My thought: Jesus was already King of kings (see I Timothy 6:14-16; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 17:14).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He (Jesus) said to them (the disciples) “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

The disciples returned from a mission and Jesus invited them to come away with Him to rest.  We too need to make sure we give ourselves time to rest.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Jesus teaches us to rest especially when we are burdened and heavy laden.  We should encourage others to rest too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed seek times of rest (Mark 6:31). Lord, I pray we will show compassion by not only feeding people physically but also spiritually (Matthew 14:14; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:11)? I pray no matter the time or place we will help those who are in need (Matthew 14:15; Mark 6:36; Luke 9:12).  And no matter the amount we have, I pray we will be willing to share it with others (John 6:8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always trust God to make what we have cover the need.” <>< Dona