BSF Matthew Lesson 16 Day 5 Day 6

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!

DAY 6

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.