The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served us nothing but leftovers. The original meal had never been found. (Source Unknown).
The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels. It takes place right after the disciples return from a successful preaching tour and Jesus had decided they could do with some needed rest (vv. 30-31). He had gotten into a boat with them and they had headed for a quiet, uninhabited spot on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee (v. 32). The crowds saw Jesus and His disciples going away and they were so eager to be with Him that they set out on foot around the lake (v. 33). At this particular place it was four miles by boat and ten miles by foot. When they reached the other side, the crowd was already waiting for them.
Having compassion on them Jesus began to teach them. (v. 34) As evening came they realized they needed something to eat but there wasn’t any place to get something out here in this country spot (vv. 35-38). Jesus asked everyone to be seated on the grass in an orderly fashion (vv. 39-40). The disciples found 5 loaves (small rolls) and 2 fishes, which it has been said were about the size of sardines. After Jesus had broken the bread and blessed it the disciples started distributing it to the people. They kept passing it out until all these hungry people had all they wanted (v. 41). After the five thousand had eaten they gathered up twelve baskets of leftovers (vv. 42-44).
Some people know how to create an appetizing meal when unexpected guests arrive by using leftovers from previous meals. Just as Jesus took remnants of food and used them to feed the 5000, God can use leftovers in our lives.
I need to ask myself - How do I usually react to interruptions? Do they make me frustrated or do I look to them as opportunities to meet needs? Does my attitude need to change?
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Mark 3:1-6Jesus Healing of The Man With The Witherd Hand
Mark 3:7-12Crowds Come to See Jesus Performing Miracles
Mark 3:13-19Jesus Delegates Responsibilities to His Disciples
Mark 3:20-30Jesus Faces Opposition From Both Friend And Foe
Mark 3:31-35Jesus’ Family Come to Take Him Home
Mark 4:1-9Jesus Teaches on Sowing Seed in 4 Types of Soil
Mark 4:10-20Jesus Explained The Parable of The Sower
Mark 4:21-29Jesus Teaches in Parables
Mark 4:30-41The Parable of The Mustard Seed
Mark 5:1-10The Demon Possessed Man at Gerasa
Mark 5:11-20Two Thousand Hogs Drown
Mark 5:21-34Hemorrhaging Woman Healed
Mark 5:35-43Jesus Heals Jairus Daughter
Mark 6:1-6Jesus Returns to His Home Town of Nazareth
Mark 6:7-13Jesus Sends His Disciples as Missionaries
Mark 6:14-29Mark Tells About The Death of John The Baptist
Mark 6:30-44Feeding of The 5000
Mark 6:45-52Storm on The Sea of Galilee
Mark 6:53-56Crowd Wanting to be Healed
Mark 7:1-13Conflict With The Religious Leaders Over Laws
Mark 7:14-23Jesus Attacks a System of Rules And Regulations
Mark 7:24-30Jesus Casts a Demon Out of a Gentile Daughter
Mark 7:31-37Jesus Heals a Deaf Man With a Speech Impediment
Mark 8:1-9Jesus Feeds 4000 With 7 Baskets Leftover
Mark 8:10-21The Pharisees Ask Jesus For a Sign From Heaven
Mark 8:22-30Jesus Heals a Blind Man Gradually
Mark 8:31-38Jesus Warns His Disciples That He is Going to Die
Mark 9:1-8Jesus Takes 3 of His Disciples To a High Mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three Disciples Question About The Transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The Disciples Are Helpless And Ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples Arguing About Who is The Greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus Says Greatness Comes From Serving Others