Heavenly Father, once again we come before You. We bow down at Your feet to listen to You, learn from You, grow in faith, wisdom, and maturity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 6: 30- 44
VV 30-32, ‘’30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.’’
The apostles reported to Jesus feedbacks from the mission field. From disciples, they had graduated to apostles. The disciples were sent out to represent Jesus. After hearing the sad news of John the Baptist’s martyrdom, Jesus took His disciples to a solitary place for rest and recreation.
VV 33-36, 33 But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things. 35When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. 36 Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
But they did not get any chance to rest. The multitudes followed Jesus on foot while they were on the boat. When Jesus landed and saw multitudes He had compassion for them. The Greek word for compassion is ‘’splanchnizomai’’ which means intestine. Jesus was moved with compassion because the people were like sheep without a shepherd and He taught them. It was getting late and the disciples were worried. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to buy food for themselves.
VV 37-38, 37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” 38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Jesus told them to feed them. 1 denarius was 1 day’s wage for a laborer. 200 denarii were 9 month’s wage! In today’s economy, if 1 day’s wage is 50 ringgit, 200 day’s wage will be 10 thousand ringgit. Jesus asked, ‘’How many loaves do you have?’’ and they reported, “Five, and two fish.”
VV 30-44, ‘’39 Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks, in 100s, and in 50s. 41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. 42 So they all ate and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish. 44 Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.’’
Only Mark commented that the grass was green as this was in the early spring of the Passover feast. Jesus organised the crowd to sit in groups of 100s and 50s. He looked towards heaven and prayed to God the Father. He multiplied the loaves and fish, gave them to the disciples, who distributed them to the people. Everyone ate until satisfied and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of leftovers. The size of the crowd was 5000 men, but women and children were not counted. The actual number of people on that day could be anything from 10,000 to 20,000.
Heavenly Father, You are a great and mighty God. You are God of the impossible. You multiplied food for so many people with only a meager amount. We claim the promise of Romans 8:37, that “in all things, we are more than conquerors”, in Jesus’ name, Amen.