Biblical Brunch #5 ~ Jesus Feeds 5000

I will be sharing stories from the Bible.  I am NOT trying to influence your beliefs or tell you what to believe.  I also expect you to respect me and my beliefs.  If you do not believe in the Bible, that is okay, you don’t have to read the post or you can take it simply as a story. 

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee [..]  and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. […]

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).   Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

I am taking this story from Bible.org (John 6:1-15) and Bible Gateway.

This story reminds me of a parable I found on Facebook one day:

“The allegory of the long spoons is a parable that shows the difference between heaven and hell by means of people forced to eat with long spoons. It is attributed to Rabbi Haim of Romshishok, as well as other sources.

In hell the people are unable to lift food to their mouths using such unwieldy cutlery, and are starving. In heaven, the diners feed one another across the table and are sated. The story can encourage people to be kind to each other.”

The words in quotes were taken from Wikipedia.

There is enough food on the earth to feed every human.  So why do millions suffer from starvation and malnutrition?  The answer is there is not enough infrastructure to transport the food to the remote areas.  There isn’t always enough to go around (or at least not while keeping the food good) and it is important to share what you have.  They say, “Those who give the most have the most”.  It’s sad to think that some of the poorest people on earth would share what they have among others, while some of the richest people on earth won’t share among their friends.  It doesn’t matter how much you give, but that you do.

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