Jesus has just heard that John the Baptist has been beheaded, his cousin, his Elijah, his friend and he seeks a while in grief alone, sitting on a boat, to sort his head and talk to God. Altogether human and God. So what happens? The word gets around and a crowd is waiting for him as he lands. Maybe God and he had put him back together, or maybe he was still sad, whatever, he takes pity on the crowd and heals their sick. I’m beginning to think maybe out of the sadness had come a great power, because Jesus now perform what may be seen his greatest public miracle. He feeds them all. If you sit and work out the logistics of doing this humanly, feeding five thousand men women and children, with just twelve helpers, it wouldn’t take between dusk and dark. (Thanks Mr Wommack for pointing this out) There are constant references to evening coming on, and night, which gets it quite right of the short time scale of this all happening. I found myself looking for all the time frames in the other gospels, how long, do they corroborate? Then realized I was being led away from the wonder of this event. Try and feed a family, a few friends and multiply the time……WOW!
Matthew 14, v 13 – 21
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.