Feeding of the 5000 | Part 5: The Feeding of the “5001”
September 25, 2020
September 25, 2020
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?”
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place; so they sat down. The men numbered about five thousand. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks he distributed them to those who were seated—so also with the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were full, he told his disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.” (John 6:8-12)
The Scriptures say that it was 5,000 men, but Jesus fed a whole lot more than that. Because you know if there are 5,000 men there have to be 5,000 wives there to take care of the men. How could they have gotten there in the first place? They’re not going to ask for directions! Maybe these men and women brought their parents as well to take care of the children. This is why I put the “5001” in quotation marks in our title today because it was probably easily more like 10,000 to 15,000 total participants. But why add the 1? Who do you think that one was?
The 1 in the 5001 is for the little boy who was willing to share. He was a miracle-helper.
The little boy is a reminder that God uses us even though we don’t have much to offer. Little is much when God is in it. Our labor is not in vain.
I love this story:
“Sir Michael Costa was conducting a rehearsal in which the orchestra was joined by a great chorus. About halfway through the session, with trumpets blaring, drums rolling and violins singing their rich melody, the piccolo player muttered to himself, ‘What good am I doing? I might just as well not be playing. Nobody can hear me anyway.’
So he kept the instrument to his mouth, but he made no sound. Within moments, the conductor cried, ‘Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo?’ It was missed by the ear of the most important person of all.
It’s much the same way with the use of our abilities for the Lord. Whether our talent is great or small, the performance isn’t complete until we do our best with what we have.” (Daily Bread, November 17, 2002)
No one in the crowd thought this little boy mattered. No one would have imagined that his small contribution would be more than enough for the entire crowd. We can never assume we know who God will use and how.
The disciples didn’t view the little boy as worth much, but Jesus did.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.