The Feeding of the Five Thousand

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Just prior to this time, Jesus had a great crowd around Him and a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years touched Him (Lk. 8:43-44). She knew that He had healed others and she wanted Him to heal her. Jesus knew that somebody with faith had touched Him and had been healed by His power (Lk. 8:45-48). This passage can be divided into three parts:

  1. The account of their sending (vv. 1-5).
  2. The work they did (vv. 6-9).
  3. Their return and report (vv. 10-17).
John began his ministry with,"Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Now He sends His disciples to preach “the kingdom of God” (v. 2). As they go we are not given much details but we are told one result of their going. That is that Herod the tetrarch heard what was happening and wanted to see the Lord (v. 9). When they returned they reported to Jesus. He knew they were tired so He took them to a desert place for some R and R. However, when they reached the desert place there was a multitude already there. Instead of trying to find another place to escape, Jesus welcomed them and spoke to them (vv. 11-17). It is here that we learn about the feeding of the five-thousand.


He took what they had and fed the crowd. From this I learn that I can not feed a crowd with what I have. What I need to do is give it to Christ and He will multiply my efforts to feed them.

Luke 9:1-17 (English Standard Version)

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