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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