In particular the previous section contains some symbols that are sufficiently important that I think it is worth considering them at this point. And they would have made the connection to the Manna in the wilderness where God had compassion on the people and fed them for forty years although there are major differences in the details between the giving of Manna and this. The disciples come to the Lord with a similar statement to Matthew but add that the multitude have nothing to eat. Then he informs us in verse 39 that they are made to sit on green grass. Securing the Kingdom—Mark 9-26 A.
We are not asking God to wave a magic wand and bless the food we are about to eat. What a marvelous Savior we serve. Say: Each of the 12 disciples, who must have agonized over the shortage of food and the size of the crowd they were commanded to feed, walked away with a basket full of extra food. What we try to do in Bible Study is to interpret the text that we are using in its context, noting what the writer does not say, as well as what he does say. Bread and fish both blessed but loaves first.
Jesus establishes his authority—Mark 1:16-3:12 B. It is as if the four strands of thought cross at exactly this point. This is a brief preview of His commission for them: they are to meet the needs of the people. Disciples into ship; Lord to mountain Disciples into ship; Lord to mountain Really a change of subject Crowd wish to make Lord king. Scripture: They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. They had been central; and indeed the primary visible actors in the miracle.
And there were 12 baskets of fragments left-over. Pilgrims on their way to the passover would gladly go several miles out of their way to see the great Prophet perform a miracle. You did a great with your message on Jesus feeds the 5000. They found one little boy with the loaves and fish. On just about every other detail we again see the authors beginning to head in differing directions. We too have received the word from the Lord, and so must give it to the people. Nevertheless, they did what Jesus told them simply because He told them to do it.
This shift is in addition to Luke's generally terse treatment of the miracle in general. Amazingly, the entire multitude was fed with that small meal. That reminds me of something that happened to Jesus and his disciples one day. How can we feed them? I have learned a great deal through the revelation of the Spirit of God. And there He sat with His disciples. Jesus told the disciples not to let anything be wasted.
After everyone was full, Jesus asked the disciples to gather all the food that was leftover so nothing would be wasted. This is ancient Galilee—there's no McDonald's nearby. Matthew and Mark tell of the same conversation, but only Matthew writes a narrative conclusion for the episode Matt 16:12. One disciple then assumes that the order is to buy the 200 denarii worth of bread Philip mentioned. Only when one views life through the lens of the Bible can one arrive at a worldview based on truth. The reason is that the resurrection is sufficiently vital that one would expect all four Gospels to carry it and for the details to be well known and rehearsed. Luke is the reference guide for New Believers and John is a wrapper around the Gospel designed to cause us to see Christ.
But there is also a foretaste here of the great messianic banquet to come in which everyone will be satisfied. Others then heard this had happened and the crowd grew to its' eventual size. This is not dissimilar to John's statement in the previous section that the fish were distributed as people wanted them. The Context Then his disciples came and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus. There was no store close enough to buy this much food. He looked up to heaven and gave thanks.
. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. The Symbols Whilst I believe that these are all literal, physical accounts of that which occurred; I also believe that this sign can contain deeper meanings beyond that which is obvious. This suggests that their 'shepherdlessness' was more related to lack of direction than lack of care. Though the fullness of your reign is yet to come, nevertheless, we are able to begin to experience life under your gracious sovereignty. The disciples felt this required buying food; the Lord instead distributed five loaves and two fishes between them all. The healing miracles the skeptics can accept a little easier, because they feel they can explain them by psychological means.
He certainly knew, that in the practical sense, there was no rational way to feed this many people in this remote area. The feeling of tiredness and 'end of a long day' has immediately surfaced. He quickly calculated how many man-hours of work it would take to feed all those people; he saw the task as impossible because he approached it as if everything depended on his own work. We can, quite profitably, ascertain deeper and beautiful meanings and nuances. So He began to teach them many things.
Despite these two differences, the main story is the same throughout all four gospels; five loaves of bread and two fish feed five thousand people. Just as we must have a care to the physical poverty in our global village, we must also seek to bring the spiritual food of life to a world that hungers not only for bread, but for the very Word of God. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. Luke 9:12-17 serves as an encouragement to those who work in businesses that provide food: farmers, truckers, people in the grocery and restaurant businesses, as well as many others. He had compassion on them all, and without making inquiry or setting conditions He went about healing, and then fed them all.