|The Feeding of the 5,000:
|The Feeding of the 5,000
(John 6:1-14) After these things Jesus went over the sea
of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great
multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles
which he did on them that were diseased.
And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with
his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was
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? And this he said
to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread
is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take
One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith
unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley
loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so
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. 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.
When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather
up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
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.
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. (KJV)
After healing the man at the pool of Bethesda, and defending Himself before the Jews, Jesus
crossed the Sea of Galilee, and was followed by a large crowd because they saw the miracles
that He performed on those who were sick.
A by-product of miracles was the attraction of curiosity seekers. They were not done to draw a
crowd, but the very nature of something which supersedes natural law causes people to gather in
curiosity. This is proven time and time again in the NT.
Jesus went up on a mountain with His disciples, prior to the time of the Passover.
When Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd that had gathered to see Him, He said to Philip,
Where will we buy food, that they may eat? But Jesus knew what He was going to do, He said this
to see what Philip would say.
Philip replies that 200 denarii worth of bread would not be enough to feed them, so that everyone
would have something. A denarius being the day’s wages for labor. So, 200 days wages would
not feed the crowd. A sum which the Lord and His disciples would not have.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, pointed out that there was a lad who had five barley loaves,
and two small fish; but, what good would that do?
Why does Jesus ask Philip the question when He knows what He is going to do? The most
logical explanation is that He is drawing the disciples attention to the situation, so that they can
appreciate what is about to happen.
Jesus told them to make the men sit down. So the men who sat down on the grass numbered
Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, gave the loaves and the fishes to the disciples, and the
disciples distributed them to the people who sat down on the grass as far as they could.
When everyone was done eating and full, Jesus told His disciples to gather up the remaining
fragments to that nothing would be lost. And they gathered up twelve baskets of fragments of the
barley loaves, not counting what had been eaten.
Those men, who were fed by the loaves and fishes, when they saw the miracle said, This is of a
truth that prophet that should come into the world.
The men who were there saw a miracle. It was not sharing becoming contagious; it was the
multiplying of the loaves and fishes. What could not possibly have fed 5,000 was more than
The miracle bore its fruit: it showed that God was with Jesus, and that He was that prophet that
(Hebrews 2:3-4) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first
began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also
bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the
Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (KJV)
That prophet is a reference to the Messiah. As we have shown before, the Jews’ concept of the
Messiah was split between a prophet, a priest and a king.
(Deuteronomy 18:15-22) The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of
thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou
desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear
again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise
them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass,
that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will
require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I
have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that
prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD
hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not,
nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath
spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. (KJV)
Mt 14:15; Mr 6:35; Lu 9:10,12; Le 23:5,7; De 16:1; Joh 2:13; 5:1; Mt 14:14; Mr 6:35; Lu 9:12; Ge 49:
10; De 8:15,18; Mt 11:3; Joh 1:21; 4:19,25; 7:40