Last week we saw that Jesus is able to take a little and do a lot with it! As we mentioned "Little is much when God is in it." The Lord and the disciples set sail from the western side of the Sea of Galille, and went to the earstern shore. They proceeded up a small mountain, and the Lord was listening to their news of the first missionary trip. After this, the multitudes walked around the northern part of the Sea of Galilee, for they wanted to see and hear the Savior! Jesus ws moved with compassion towards them, and healed their sick. About three in the eveing, the disciples told Jesus that He needed to send the multitudes back to their homes and villiages so they could get food and not faint. The Lord said that they were to feed the multitude which was 5,000 men, and the women and children, which may have brought the number up to closer to 20 to 30 thousand people.
Phillip said that 200 days wages would not be enough money to feed this big crowd, and Andrew brought a young lad who had five pieces of bread and two small pieces of fish. Jesus had the disciples to sit the people in groups of 50 and 100, and then He turned to heaven and blessed the food with His Heavenly Father. After that, Jesus started giving out the best fish dinner that they had ever eaten, for it came from the Son of God Himself, and it was free from the curse of sin. Now we pick up the story as we left off last week in verse 22.
1-The Prayer of Jesus
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
Jesus had to literally force these disciples to get into the boat and leave for the other side. They had just come from there, and now the Lord was asking them to go back to the western side of the Sea of Galilee. The Lord sends the mutltitudes away from this area that we know as Bethsaida Julias. It was name ...
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