Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of of Magadan. — Matthew 15:32-39.
We are still with Jesus on the mountain side. He has healed many of the physically challenged people brought to Him. They have been with the Master for three days and appear reluctant to leave. Jesus expresses his compassion on them, because they do not have anything to eat. He wants them to be on their way, but not in a hungry state lest they faint on the way. The compassion of the Messiah is amazing.
His disciples are skeptical about finding enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a multitude. Jesus asks them about what they do have. Just seven loaves and a few small fish, they say.
Jesus commands the multitude to sit down on the ground. He takes the seven loaves and fish, gives thanks, and breaks them. The disciples take the food to the multitude. They all eat and are satisfied. Seven large basketful of of leftover fragments are collected! There were four thousand men and women and children! What a miracle!
Having fed the multitude, Jesus sent the people on their way. He, together with his disciples, gets into a boat, cross the Sea of Galilee and comes to the region of Magadan. That concludes an eventful three to fours days in the Master’s life. More to follow!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.