The Feeding of the Five Thousand

loaves and fishes (1)John 6 : 8-13 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people 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 them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.


This morning, during my quiet time with the Lord, this verse came into my mind. It says in the scripture that the lad had only five barley loaves and two small fish. To get a better picture of his lunch, I compare it to him having five crackers and two sardines. In biblical times most bread was baked without yeast so most of it was flat and small. We must come to the Lord with whatever we have. Our Lord took what the lad had as an offering and blessed it and fed five thousand men. That is not including the women and children! Scripture says they even had leftovers.


When my husband was called into the ministry 16 years ago I felt like I had no special talents to give to the Lord. I would look at other pastor’s wives that were wonderful speakers or could play an instrument and sing and think to myself, “Oh Lord! What am I going to do? I have no special talents to give to You.” I don’t even know what I was supposed to do as a pastor’s wife other than I knew that I needed to be a helpmate to my husband. Little did I know back then that He would use whatever I had of myself and break me of my own self-sufficiency and bless me. Little pilgrim, give yourself to Him and He will do amazing things in your life! You will truly have a blessed and abundant life when you bring all that you have to Him.


Posted on: February 25th, 2013 Written by Cindy This post currently has no responses

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