by the Rev. Henry Huenemann
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes (John 6:9).
1After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.
2And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
9There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
14Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
When Jesus was upon earth He preached to the people, and made the sick well. He also sent out the disciples to preach and to heal the sick. When they came back from their trip, they were tired, and Jesus said, "Come and rest a while." So they went by boat to a quiet place. But the people saw them leave. And they ran along the shore of the lake, and got to the quiet place first. When Jesus came out of the boat He saw much people. And He pitied them, "because they were as sheep without a shepherd." So He taught them many things. Toward evening his disciples said to him: Send the people away, that they may go and buy bread for they have nothing to eat. Jesus said, "Give ye them to eat." But they said, Where shall we get bread for so many? They found a little boy, who had five buns and two small fishes, which he let them have to give to Jesus. And Jesus gave thanks, and then gave to his disciples, and they gave to the people. And all ate as much as they liked. And then Jesus told them to pick up what was left, and they picked up twelve baskets full. And there were more than five thousand people that had eaten.
Dear boys and girls, would you be willing to give what you have to Jesus, that the hungry may be fed?
Dear Jesus, we thank Thee, that Thou didst use the gift of a little boy to feed the five thousand. We thank Thee for our daily bread. But help us to remember that we do not live by bread alone but by every word God has spoken. Feed our souls with the bread of life, and use us in Thy service. Amen.
Scripture in Devotional: Mark 6:31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 42ff.
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