Feeding the 5,000

Christianity Today has a good article about the feeding of the multitude by Jesus and his disciples. Here is a short excerpt:

The story is told in told in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6: 30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6: 5-13, and there are at least three things to say about it.

First, it revisits Old Testament stories about miraculous multiplications of food: the manna and quails provided through Moses in the wilderness, Elijah in 1 Kings 17, Elisha in 2 Kings 4. Jesus is the heir to these great men, only more so. The readers of the story would have understood exactly what was being said: Jesus didn’t come out of nowhere, he represents the culmination of God’s grace revealed in the Old Testament.

Read the article; it is titled: “Why Jesus didn’t feed the 5,000, and why it matters.”

Claude F. Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to Feeding the 5,000

  1. Niyi Akintade says:

    Holy Spirit is wonderful. I read John 5 & 6 this morning. I stopped @ John 6:21 to meditate, pray & further read several versions of the Bible on that particular verse.


  2. olusina osoba says:

    Proff. Please give us your own personal opinion on this subject. The connection between the old and new testaments on the topic..- feeding the 5,000 people. Sir. I would like you if possible to throw more light on the issues of tithing. Is it what Jesus meant by saying give into sezers what belong to seazars and give God what belongs to God?.

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    • Olusina,

      Thank you for your questions. The feeding of the 5,000 reveals that God can provide for the needs of his people. Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament God’s care for the hungry and people in need is also a demonstration of his love and care.

      Tithing is a way for people of faith to support God’s work. Giving to Caesar is supporting the needs of the government; tithing is supporting the work of God.

      These are very short answers but they explain the issues.

      Claude Mariottini


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