They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.
Matthew 15: 37 – 39
You know the saying you are always learning something, well ….. I had always thought that there was only one feeding of the multitude and while researching for this thought for the day I found out there were 2 very similar events in consecutive chapters of Matthew. There was the feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000! There were differences in the stories -:
- where each of these miracles took place – one was in a mainly Jewish area and the other in a Gentile region
- the amount of food distributed – 5 loaves and 2 fish compared with 7 loaves and a few fish
- the number of baskets that were filled at the end – 12 baskets and 7 baskets
There are seemingly hidden meanings in each story, but the main point of them was to show that God provides for us. He loves all His people, both Jew and Gentile. Even though, to us, feeding all these people would be daunting, Jesus shows that all things are possible with God.
We come before you with all our struggles and hardships. We are living through challenging times but we believe that nothing is impossible for you. Thank you for your love and providing for our needs.
Action: This may be a good day for the people around us or this may be a day when they need our support to help them get through it. We may need to remind them that all things are possible with God.