13. Differences between feeding the 5000 and feeding the 4000
Feeding the 5000
- Occurred near Bethsaida —Luke 9:10
- Crowd had been with Jesus all day —Matthew 14:15
- The disciples approached Jesus about sending the people away to find food. —Mark 6:35
- Jesus told the disciples to feed them. —Mark 6:37
- Food available—5 loaves and 2 fish—Mark 6:38
- 5000 men were fed in addition to women and children —Mark 6:44
- 12 baskets of food were left over —Mark 6:43
- Jesus immediately sent the disciples away by boat —Matthew 14:22
Feeding the 4000
- Occurred in Decapolis —Mark 7:31
- Crowd had been with Jesus 3 days —Matthew 15:32
- Jesus called the disciples to Him and said He didn’t want to send them away hungry. —Matthew 15:32
- Food available—7 loaves and a few small fish —Matthew 15:34
- 7 baskets of food were left over —Matthew 15:37
- 4000 men were fed, besides woman and children —Matthew 15:38
- Jesus got into the boat after sending the crowds away —Matthew 15:39
b. The disciples still reacted the same way. They focused on the size of the “mountain” rather than the size of their God. How many times have I done the same thing? Jesus came through the last time.
c. Sing…How Great is Our God!
Be persistent in prayer and faith regardless of the delay. Focus on the things unseen.
Jesus has compassion and cares about my needs. He can make the little that I have—time, energy, expertise, money, food, resources—more than enough. Pray that I will look to Him and depend on Him for all that I need rather than looking to the realm of the natural.