Lessons from when Jesus fed five thousand men

Luke Bible Background

04.03.2017 – New Testament: Luke 9.14–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 9.37–62 on April 3, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

If you led an effort to feed 5,000 men, do you think you would learn anything from the experience? Why not learn from the time Jesus fed 5,000 men miraculously,

For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them (Luke 9.14–17). 

First, Jesus fed these people in an orderly way. He did not throw the food out there to let the people trample upon one another, but He had them sit down in groups of fifty.

Second, He blessed the food, knowing that God is responsible for giving us what we need daily.

Third, He gave enough to fill everyone.

Fourth, His disciples gathered the leftovers, showing that He had multiplied the food miraculously, but also not wasting good food that they could eat later.

Questions:

  • What is the largest number of people you have had to feed?
  • What did you learn from that experience?

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