Matthew 14:14-21 King James Version (KJV)


14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.


15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, this is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.


16 But Jesus said unto them, they need not depart; give ye them to eat.


17 And they say unto him, we have here but five loaves, and two fishes.


18 He said, Bring them hither to me.


19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.


20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.


21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.


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Mark 6:30-44 King James Version (KJV)

30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.


31 And he said unto them, come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.


32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.


33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.


34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.


35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, this is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:


36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.


37 He answered and said unto them, give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?


38 He saith unto them, how many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.


39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.


40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.


41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.


42 And they did all eat, and were filled.


43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.


44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.


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Luke 9:10-17 King James Version (KJV)

10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.


11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.


12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.


13 But he said unto them, give ye them to eat. And they said, we have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.


14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, make them sit down by fifties in a company.


15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.


16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.


17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.


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John 6:5-14 King James Version (KJV)

5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?


6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.


7 Philip answered him, two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.


8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,


9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?


10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.


11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.


12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.


13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.


14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, this is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.


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Loaves and Fishes
QUESTION: Loaves and fishes: How did Jesus do it?

The biblical account of the feeding of the five thousand with loaves and fishes is one of the few stories that are recounted by all four of the Gospel writers. Each of the accounts contains a verse similar to this one found in the Book of Matthew: "They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children" (Matthew 14:20-21).

How did Jesus do it? To answer this question, we must look at two obvious points that are crucial to an understanding of this great deed. First, the act that Jesus performed was humanly impossible. Without any contradiction, a lunch of two fish and five loaves of bread, while more than enough for a young boy, was insufficient to feed upwards of 12,000 individuals (taking into account the fact that there were women and children besides the 5000 men). Second, Jesus of Nazareth was more than a man. His disciples, who played a key role in this happening, were not yet fully aware of who Jesus really was though they had already seen His power.

By now, Jesus had taken authority over the elements, healed a paralyzed man, and raised a dead girl. Nevertheless, they had not understood that the things that He had done, including this deed, were only things that could be done by God Himself. They had not realized that Jesus was actually God come to earth in human form. We know this is true from Christ's conversation with Philip: "Philip said, 'Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.' Jesus answered: 'Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father"?" (John 14:8-9).

The feeding of the five thousand or the multiplying of the loaves and fishes was a miracle. How did Jesus do it? He did it by the power of God. This is a simplistic statement, but carries an enormous truth. It is not so much that the power of God is beyond human power as that the power of God is other than human power. That this "other than human" power is indefinably great is evident. We may know what kind of power it is through the things that He has created, from the unique pattern of every snowflake that falls, to the ability of birds to fly in defiance of the laws of gravity. These are miracles we see everyday.

God's power is unfathomable; this miracle is a clear example of this. Consider what was done: "'Bring them here to me,' he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people" (Matthew 14:18-19).

Somewhere, between the time that Jesus received the food and the time that He handed it back to the disciples to feed the people, the meal had multiplied. Here is the invisible interaction of heaven and earth, the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of natural things, Jesus Christ, God, and man. It is similar to the miracle of the water turned to wine. The jugs contained water, but when the liquid was poured out, it was good wine. When did the change take place? How did the multiplication occur? Miracles are only miracles to we humans; miracles are what God does by virtue of who He is and the power inherent in His being. Jesus saw a need through His eyes of compassion; the people were hungry and needed food. He, through the power of God simply did what needed to be done. There is always the two-fold significance to the acts of Jesus. He meets a need and He shows forth the glory of God. It was done by the mingling of love and power.

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