26th August 2013

Did You Eat Your Lunch?

“And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.”
Matthew 14:20 (KJV)

Have you ever wondered what happened when the  lad, whose five  loaves and two  fishes Jesus miraculously multiplied and used to feed five thousand (John 6:1-13), arrived home later?

“Mum, I’m home !!!”
“Did you eat your lunch? Did you have enough…?”
“Mum, you’re not going to believe this but…”

When Jesus miraculously fed the five thousand men, beside women and children, using five loaves and two fishes, He was ministering in His own country.  Twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered afterwards. Note that Jesus instructed the multitude to sit down in hundreds and fifties, thus making it easier to count.

Later, Jesus used seven loaves and a few little fishes to miraculously feed four thousand men, beside women and children, and seven baskets of  leftovers were gathered (Matthew 15:32-38).  This took place in an area with a heavy Gentile population. Not only does Jesus show that He is a mighty prophet, the ultimate prophet of God, feeding multitudes; even more than did Elisha (2 Kings 4:42-44—note leftovers), but that He is more than able to meet the needs  of Jew and Gentile. Note also, Jesus went to His own first.

In John 6, Jesus identifies Himself as the ultimate food and drink (verses 32-58).  Jesus Christ is,  to quote a song title from a well known musical, “Food Glorious Food”!  And by way of icing on the cake He adds in verse 63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Book of Common Prayer 1662, Collects. 2nd Sunday in Advent)

Study by John Armstrong


johnarmstrongAbout the Author:
John Armstrong is on the Pastoral Council of the Exeter Congregation of the Worldwide church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Exeter
America Hall
De La Rue Way

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Armstrong
Phone:  01392-421066
Email:  johnarmstrong318@btinternet.com

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