14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
-We are amazed with the Lord here in His ability to feed the 5000; and while 5000 is an impossibly amazing number, it is important to remember that Jesus only fed that many because that’s how many were present. If there had been 50,000 or 500,000, Jesus would have still had food to spare, so I prefer to look at this miracle as Jesus providing for as many as would come. That makes me wonder if there were any there who refused the Lord’s provision and remained hungry in the very presence of abundant meat and bread. When Jesus died on the cross, He worked another miraculous provision and made it available to as many as would come. Yet to this day many refuse the Lord’s provision and remain lost and empty in the very presence of abundant Salvation. We all recognize how foolish it is to turn down food when hungry, but we must also get to the point of seeing the same foolishness in a hungry soul turning down the Heavenly Manna.