Feeding Five Thousand. Really!

Some people explain away the miracle of Jesus feeding 5000 people with only some fish and a few loaves of bread. These people claim what happened was Jesus setting an example, “I shared my food supply. Now you do likewise.” Everyone shared and the job got done.

But that theory doesn’t hold when you consider the number of baskets full that were left over. And the same result occurred when he later fed 4000.

If Jesus indeed was concerned about sending the people away hungry for a long walk home, we must ask why. Either he was showing off for his disciples and knew they already had food with them. Or else he performed a miracle.

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Butterfly Feeding

The real problem is that we assume that if Jesus performed this miracle it was because He was God. Not so. He fed thousands because he understood what the Bible had to say about filling a need. He knew the Old Testament verse that said “The plowmen shall overtake the reaper.” Amos 9:13.

Jesus told His disciples “I sent you to reap whereon ye bestowed no labor.”

Jesus blessed the food. Do you wonder what he said? Likely the same command God gave to  Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiple.”

With these words spoken by a son of Adam, God could now work. His disciples, though doubtful, handed out the food. God miraculously commanded time to speed up so that the “plowman [and sower] would overtake the reaper.” And the food reaped was replenished instantly with sown, caught and prepared replacements.

Location: Hillside in Israel
Date: 30 A.D.
Method: Manipulation of Time

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