Living Proof of a Loving God!
Matthew 14:15-21; Mark 6:34-44;
Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-14
In the story of the feeding of the 5000, Jesus presented the truth that He is the answer to man's need. He is able to provide for the multitude and satisfy the needs of the multitude. Jesus is the all-sufficient Savior for in verse eleven it says, "Every man took "as much as they would".
This story teaches us that this world can never satisfy the longings of the human soul.
This miracle of our Lord is emphasized by the fact that it is recorded in each of the four gospels. This was a miracle with a message. He wrought miracles in the natural realm to show us what He is able and willing to do in the spiritual realm.
So this is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
I. THE CROWD HE SAW
In Matthew chapter 14 verses 14 and 15 we see two things about the crowd. First: its size- "a great multitude"; second: its condition- it was evening and the people were weary.
They were in a desert place and they were hungry. The Greek word translated "desert means "isolated, lonely, desolate, and uninhabited.
Here was a large crowd of people in great physical need, and Jesus, by His mighty power and with the co-operation of His disciples, met that need.
The word "perishing" describes their condition. Here is a picture of humanity without God, men and women who are in desperate need of the Bread of life.
In the world today we see a vast multitude of men and women that are in desperate spiritual need. They are spiritually hungry and unable to find satisfaction.
In Greek mythology, King Tantalus was punished in the underworld by being chained in a lake. Its waters reached to his chin but receded whenever he bends down to satisfy his burning thirst.
Over his head were branches laden with choice fruit, but they immediately withdrew whenever he reached upward to satisfy his hunger.
A symbol of utter frustration, his ...
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