Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

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Jesus Feeds five Thousand

Matthew 14: 13-15-When he heard what had happened [to John the Baptist(that he had been beheaded and was buried)] he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15- As evening approach, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crows away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

vs- 16- Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” vs- 17-“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18- Jesus replied, “Bring them to me. 19- And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20- They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over. 21- The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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Mark writes, Mark 6:37-But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.” Then they said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wage’s! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

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Luke writes, Luke 9:10- When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida.

Jesus spoke to the people about the Kingdom of God and healed many, according to Luke.

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John writes, John 6:1- Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee(that is, the Sea of Tiberias)

vs- 4- The Jewish Passover Feast was near.

vs 5- When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6- He asked this only to test, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7- Philip answered him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8- Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9- Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10- Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11- Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12- When they all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13- So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the World.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

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All three disciples wrote very similar stories. Each added details. I have noted those details only in Mark, Luke, and John to avoid replicating.

Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand is one of only two of His miracles that are found in all four gospels. The other, his greatest miracle, his own resurrection, is the basis of our faith.

These two miracles, being included in all four gospels, boasts of their level of importance. For this article, we will concentrate on the feeding of the five thousand.

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John 6:14- After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15- Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Why the conflict? The people were looking for a great human leader that would be king, like King David. They were not looking for a savior.

The people were looking for the messiah, as the religious leaders described him, as they interpreted how the scriptures prophesied about him. Jesus did not fit into their mold of the messiah. So they rejected him.

Mother Theresa Bread of Life

John 6:35-40- Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36- But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37- All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I will never drive away. 38- For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39- And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40- For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Even though Jesus was easily capable of filling five thousand plus, people’s empty stomachs, with only five small barley loaves and two small fish, that was not his purpose. As he said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” That was his message; not the fact that he could easily feed five thousand people with almost nothing. Jesus offers eternal life.

John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through the Son.”

Do you have a personal relationship with the Son? With Jesus? If he is calling you to salvation, do not wait.

Today might be the only day that God calls you. Pray this Salvation Prayer to receive the bread of life Jesus is offering. Eternal life in heaven with him and God for all eternity, that is what Jesus offers.

With true repentance, pray this prayer. Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this prayer and really meant it, you are now a child of God. You are born again. Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. As Jesus said, it can never be blotted out.

The scriptures tell us that when one person repents and comes to Jesus, all heaven celebrates. Right now, all heaven is rejoicing, cheering, applauding for You; Proclaiming Your Name.

I pray that you will grow in the faith, and the love, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Gary The Tested

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The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith – Movie Review

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The Book of RuthGrandfather tells his grandson, future King David, the boy, a story about hope and faith when we don’t understand God’s plan. “In the time of the Judges, the people were corrupt and everyone did as they saw fit. When a great famine came upon Israel, some families chose to escape their plights and start over in the pagan country of Moab. But soon Moab proved to be none better. The crops withered and the people suffered, for there was no rain.”

The story in Moab, Naomi is talking to Elimeleck’s grave, her dead husband.  They have two sons, Chilion and Mahlon. There is drought and famine in Moab. They should have stayed in Bethlehem; Elimeleck moved them to Moab because of a drought and famine in Israel.

Chilion, the oldest son is dying. He fainted and hit his head on the well. He is emaciated. He’s married to Orpah. Chilion died. Orpah is a widow as Naomi is a widow.

Ruth and Naomi

Ruth and Naomi at the market

Ten months later, Naomi and Ruth are at the market. Ruth is Naomi’s daughter in law. Mahlon, Naomi’s younger son is working the family farm. He’s sick from a lack of nourishment and excessive worrying.

Orpah wishes to leave. She and Ruth argue in the kitchen. Ruth fells it is their duty to be loyal to Naomi. They are her daughters through marriage. Orpan believes in many Gods.

Mahlon has a heart attack and dies while working in the barn. Leaving Ruth a widow as well.

“Why am I the only one left?” Naomi cries to God.

Beth and Orpah

Beth and Orpah

Orpah is in town later. She talks to Beth, Ruth’s mother. Beth thinks their family is cursed by the Gods.

Naomi knew it was wrong to leave Bethlehem. She’s angry with God for taking her children.

Caleb, a friend of Tani’s from Israel, comes to visit. Their famine is over. Their land is healed. He brings his condolences from Israel.

Naomi tells Orpah, tomorrow she’s going home to Bethlehem, now that the famine is over. Ruth and Orpah choose to follow her to Bethlehem. Naomi feels guilty they are leaving their homeland to follow her. She tries to make them stay there.

Ruth refuses to go back to Moab. She goes with Naomi. She vows allegiance to Naomi’s God, the Lord God.

Naomi and Ruth enter Bethlehem

Naomi and Ruth enter Bethlehem

Naomi and Ruth were wore down and without money as they entered Bethlehem. They witnessed the bounty of Israel.

Tani, Naomi’s friend sees them. She takes them into Naomi’s old home. It’s been abandoned since they left Bethlehem.

The next day, Ruth goes into the fields to glean. Naomi works at home.

In the field, Ruth meets Simeon.

Boaz sees Ruth

Boaz sees Ruth

Boaz sees Ruth gleaning. He asks Seth her name. Seth doesn’t know, neither does Benjamin, both Boaz’s sub-bosses. Simeon says, “Her name is Ruth, daughter of Naomi.”

Neb is the owner of the field, Boaz’s uncle. Boaz fires Seth for being insubordinate—questioning his decisions . He promotes Simeon to chief harvester.

Boaz knows Naomi and Ruth came here seeking protection under the wings of our Lord. He prays that God uses him for that purpose.

Tomorrow, Boaz wants Ruth to eat with the bosses, with him. He offers her a Pomegranate. He gives her food to take to Naomi.

Boaz is a relative of Elimelech’s.

Chilion and Simeon

Chilion and Simeon

Simeon brings more wheat from Boaz for Ruth and Naomi.

Tani and Simeon are attending the harvest festival together. His promotion allows him to do so for the first time in his life—a privilege he looks forward to.

Naomi sends Ruth to the harvest festival wearing a new, colorful tunic. Boaz is there. Her instructions are; when Boaz falls asleep, to lay at his feet until he awakes.

She followed the plan, and covered herself with his robe as best she could. She slept at his feet until he awoke.

Boaz and Ruth talk

Boaz and Ruth talk the next morning. He has a plan.

When Boaz awoke startled,  they talked. He confesses he asked God to give him her love. Boaz isn’t her closest kinsman. Neb, brother of Elimelech, is and is a problem. They finish the night in each other’s arms.

Boaz has a plan. He sends a message to Neb. He’s infatuated with Ruth, lost his wits, he’s giving her half of his grain.

Neb calls the elders to the public square for a town meeting to expose Boaz.

At the temple, Neb and the elders meet. Boaz is there.  Boaz wishes to purchase the land owned by Elimelech and by becoming her kinsman to save the house of Elimelech from destitution.

Boaz and Neb bicker over Elimeleck’s land and wife.

Boaz wins the argument. He is the kinsman redeemer of the house of Elimelech.

Boaz and Ruth are married

Boaz and Ruth are married.

Shortly after, Boaz and Ruth were married, which surely was a blessing from God. Their trust and faith in Him allowed blessings upon their family they never thought possible.

One season later, Ruth is ill. Boaz is worried sick. Naomi talks to her and determines she’s going to have a baby. They name the boy, Obed, which means servant.

We see King David again as a young boy, and his grandfather. They finish the story about faith and hope. David is learning to use his sling. He’s becoming lethal!

Grandfather and King David, the boy

Grandfather and King David, the young boy

The End.

This is another interesting story from the old testament about how God blessed Naomi’s family after terrible times. The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith.

Hope you liked my review.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland