How can a five loaves of bread and two fish feed 5000 people?Listen Now
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.Matthew 14:17
How can a five loaves of bread and two fish feed 5000 people? Listen to this story about Jesus and a little boy's lunch.
A great crowd of people followed Jesus because they've seen Him heal many sick people. One day it was getting late and the people were getting hungry.
Disciples, look at this great crowd of people. Where can we buy bread for all these people to eat?
Jesus, eight month's pay would not buy enough for everyone here to have just one bite of bread.
(shouting to crowd) Does anyone have any food with them?
I do, sir. I brought some food with me. It's not much, just five small loaves of barley bread and two small fish, but you may have it.
Little boy, thank you. Come with us and we will show Jesus what you have.
Jesus, here is a boy with five small loaves of barley bread. He also has two small fish. But, how far will that go in such a large crowd? There are more than 5000 people here. What should we do?
Tell all of the people sit down.
(Crowd noises, disciples telling people to sit)
Thank You, Father in heaven, for giving to us these loaves of barley bread. Thank You also for these fish. Let all of the people here eat and be nourished from the food that You have provided. Let them see Your glory.
Then Jesus' disciples gave the food to the crowd. The five loaves and two fish fed everyone!
(Sounds of passing food and encouraging people to eat)
Has everyone had enough to eat?
Yes, Jesus, every single person in this huge crowd has had enough to eat.
Then take some baskets and collect the leftovers. Let nothing be wasted.
So Jesus' disciples picked up all the food that was left.
Look, Jesus, we have collected twelve baskets full of leftover pieces of bread and fish.
I am the Bread of Life. Anyone who comes to me will never go hungry, and anyone who believes in me will never be thirsty.
The crowd was amazed at this miracle and thought that Jesus was a prophet sent by God. The little boy learned that even the smallest gift given to Jesus can bring great results.
If you want to read more about the miracles of Jesus, read the book of John in the New Testament part of your Bible.
Bible Source: Holy Bible, New International Reader's Version, A Bible for Kids,
Zondervan Publishing House, 1999.
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