Daily Devotional Thursday 20th August 2020by William Moody
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii1 worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
The disciples are excited as they report back on their first missionary expedition. Jesus the caring shepherd knows that they now need time to rest with Him (v31). We are not robots who can just continually go on and on. We all need time to recuperate, time for physical rest, time for resting in Christ through prayer and scripture.
They weren’t alone for very long but soon were surrounded by a crowd once more (v33). Jesus’ love can be seen in His response (v34). His compassion was greater than His desire for personal rest.
Jesus’ great concern for meeting physical need is shown in this miraculous feeding of the 5,000. His initial command was to test the disciples’ faith (v37).
We need to ask, have we the vision and faith in the Jesus we read of here, to meet the needs we see around us today? Do we see with faith the Saviour who is greater than the problems around us? As you approach life do you focus just on what you see, or do you live by faith in the unseen.
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