Day 13

Matthew 14:13-21

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.

Wow. What a story. We see Jesus do a lot in this story. We see Jesus take something that seems small and insignificant and use it to do something big. In looking at this story, I’d like to focus on the words Jesus says, “You give them something to eat.” Jesus asks his disciples, after what I imagine was a long day, to feed the crowds that had been following him. Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking? There were over 5,000 people within the crowd that day, and they were supposed to feed them all? How many times in life when Jesus asks us to do something and we look at the situation or opportunity and wonder, “Really? How can I do that?” In the response of the disciples, they do the same thing. They say, “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish.” We can see the doubt in what they thought was possible. As followers of Jesus, we are to be obedient to what he asks of us. What is he asking of you?