Feeding of the 5000 | Part 2: Six Things You May Not Know
September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020
After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A huge crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was performing by healing the sick. Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, a Jewish festival, was near.
So when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so that these people can eat?” (John 6:1-5)
Over the years, we’ve had a lot of events at BBC. Church suppers, backyard barbecues, engagement parties, weddings, Sunday School parties. The one thing we don’t ever want to do is run out of food!
Why? Running out of food or drink is embarrassing! Everyone knows that if you schedule an event for Baptists, there will be food involved (unless maybe you’re in time of pandemic!).
When people are hungry, they can be mighty cranky. Sometimes we put the words hungry and angry together and come up with a new word: “HANGRY.” If people are hungry or hangry, they don’t listen very well. Jesus knew this too, of course, and he wanted His audience to hear what He had to say.
There are a lot of things that you may not know about this miracle.
- The feeding of the “5000” is the only miracle covered in all four Gospels. You can find this miracle in Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, and John 6. Each Gospel writer gives us slightly different versions so we can see the miracle in better detail. There are four eyewitness accounts, and each eyewitness contributes their own unique perspective.
- If you look at the parallel passage in Mark, we see that Jesus was hoping for a time where he could withdraw and rest and pray to the Father. Instead of refusing the people, He went above and beyond to feed them spiritually and physically. Ministry can be exhausting, and Jesus knew what it was to be worn out, yet He welcomed everybody no matter how he felt.
- If you are charting a graph of the growth of Jesus’ audience, the numbers were increasing. These are the biggest crowds that Jesus had ministered to at one time. It’s probably the high point of His ministry. This miracle involved more participants and had more witnesses than any other miracle. They want to hear Jesus and to be a part of what is happening.
- The actual location is unknown and debated. Even though some people feel that Taghba is close to the actual site, most Bible scholars place it elsewhere.
- The time of year was near Passover (March-April) which is a great time to be outside. The weather was nice. There was green grass on the slopes of the mountain.
- We don’t know exactly what Jesus was teaching. The Scriptures do not expound on the topic of the sermon that day.
Today we looked at the miracle itself; next time we’ll look at some of the miracle-helpers in this story.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.