Can anything on this earth truly satisfy the deepest longing and hunger we experience? A great multitude had gathered to hear Jesus, no doubt because they were hungry for the word of life.  Jesus’ disciples wanted to send them away at the end of the day because they did not have the resources to feed them.  They even complained how much money it would take to feed such a crowd — at least six month’s wages! Jesus, the Bread of Life, took the little they had — five loaves and two fish — and giving thanks to his heavenly Father, distributed to all until they were satisfied of their hunger. The people of Israel had been waiting for the prophet whom Moses had promised: The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren — him shall you heed (Deuteronomy 18:15). The signs which Jesus did, including the miraculous feeding of the five thousand signified that God has indeed sent him as anointed Prophet and King. Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. What is the significance of this miracle? The miraculous feeding of such a great multitude pointed to God’s provision of manna in the wilderness for the people of Israel under Moses’ leadership. This food foreshadowed the true heavenly bread which Jesus would offer his followers.

Jesus makes a claim only God can make: He is the true bread of heaven that can satisfy the deepest hunger we experience. The feeding of the five thousand shows the remarkable generosity of God and his great kindness towards us. When God gives, he gives abundantly. He gives more than we need for ourselves that we may have something to share with others, especially those who lack what they need. God takes the little we have and multiplies it for the good of others. Do you trust in God’s provision for you and do you share freely with others, especially those who lack?

  • chaco

    I disagree with Rolling Stone’s song; “I Can’t Get No DA- DA-DA; Satisfaction -DA-DA-DA”,  but I do agree when they sing; “You can’t always get what you want – But if you try sometime, you just might find; you get what you nee..eed.”  The “try” they speak of could be translated into 2 Cor. 12: 9 where Paul is yearning for God to remove something, but instead gets something even better; “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my Spirit (Joy / Strength) is made perfect through trial.”  Felix Colpa; latin for; “Oh happy sin of Adam !”
    It ENRAGES the devil to see how God can even take the disobedience of Adam & Eve and turn it into something even better than their original state of innocense; Now they can experience an even GREATER SENSE of God’s Love through the AMAZING GRACE born at Christ’s crucifixion. ULTIMATE SATISFACTION comes when we allow God to use us as “LIGHTNING RODS” to transmit His Amazing Grace to those who are “GROUNDED” in sin & doubt. [Without this Grace flowing through us, we are lifeless rods of steel.]