John Lesson 8 Day 3 ~ Study of John 6:1-13
5- Jesus asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?”
Philip looked at their lack of resources. He believed it was impossible to provide a meal for so many people. “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” Instead of looking to God as a provider, he estimated the cost, and determined they would have to work for months to pay for it.
The NIV says this two hundred pennyworth amounts to eight months of wages. At a wage of $2,000 per month, this would be like saying $16,000 isn’t enough to buy food for all these people. Andrew Wommack
The footnote on Mark 6:37 says, “Greek It would take 200 denarii. A denarius was equal to a laborer’s full day’s wage.” So it’s hard to say if Philip was overestimating, exaggerating or if something got lost in the translation.
Andrew looked at their available resources but also found the need impossible. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” The fact that he brought it up at all could show he had a spark of faith.
The scripture doesn’t say how Andrew knew the boy brought a lunch with him. But I can’t imagine they just took it away from him. He must have willingly given all that he had.
6- Jesus gives thanks even in the midst of challenging circumstances.
- Even when Jesus needed rest and time away from the crowds, He received them with compassion.
- He seized the opportunity for a teachable moment with His beloved disciples.
- Before He distributed the food, He held up the food, looked up toward heaven and “said a blessing of praise and thanksgiving to the Father.” (AMP)
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. NLT
I take care of my grandchildren a lot. If any one of them offered me a lunch they had carried around, I must confess, I wouldn’t eat it. Much less thank God for it. I have such an abundance of cleaner food available, I am “rotten spoiled,” as my Dutch friend would say.
Thankfulness isn’t always my go-to attitude or response. Not even usually. I complain way too much. Father, forgive me. I know better.
7- The steps to a miracle
- Tell everyone to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
- Jesus took the food and blessed it.
- He [repeatedly] broke the five small loaves and the two fish, giving some to each of His disciples.
- The disciples distributed the pieces of food to everyone—All 5000 men AND their families.
- Everyone ate as much as they wanted—an all-you-care-to-eat event.
- Afterward, the disciples picked up TWELVE baskets of leftover bread and fish. (A basket of food for each disciple?)
Personal application for feeding the spiritually hungry
The internet is an amazing tool for feeding others with the Bread of Life. The reach is virtually limitless!
However, I don’t know if God approves of marketing to increase visibility. It’s popular with ministries these days—like buying Facebook ads, etc.
News of Jesus’ miracles spread like wildfire in a culture without media coverage other than word of mouth. Jesus apparently had supporters but is there any evidence He asked for donations?
I know I should do a better job of teaching my grandchildren (and others) face to face.
Mark 6:34-44 (Mark’s detailed account of the same miracle.)
John 5:35, 63 “John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to rejoice in his light…It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].” AMP
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 8 Day 3 ~ Study of John 6:1-13