The Jesus Tree–Day Eighteen

Today’s readings focused on the feeding of the 5,000. We read all three Gospel accounts of this event: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, and John 6:1-15. I really like this story, partly because of the way Jesus, when approached by His disciples about what to do about the late hour and lack of food, basically tells them: “You take care of it.” John even goes so far as to mention that Jesus was testing the disciples, because, obviously, He already knew what was going to happen. We also took the opportunity to discuss how the feeding of the 5,000 was a.) not a one-time event, as Jesus fed another large crowd (4,000) in the very next chapter of Matthew, (a story also recorded in Mark); and 2.) actually the feeding of many more than 5,000, because only the men were numbered, but there were women and children were there as well. It’s such a familiar story, but still so amazing!

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