Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Psalm 123, Luke 9:12-22, Psalm 124 (20)

This story is the feeding of the 5000 by Jesus. The setting for the story is that the disciples have just come back from mission trips where they had demonstrated the power to heal and cast out demons and to preach about what Jesus was teaching. Mark suggested that he had begun to understand this as a miracle of the heart, in that Jesus suggested that Jesus organized the people in groups of 50 and then told the disciples to minister to them by feeding them. Is the miracle  that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. It is the case that people had to come a considerable distance to see him so that it is more than likely that more people than one boy would have had food and the trick might have been to get everyone to share with others the food that they had. So it could have been seen as a large potluck. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Lutheran Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story is in each of the Gospels. (The feeding of the 5,000. This is a miracle of the heart, and the miracle is that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Luth. Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story in each of the Gospels.The feeding of the 5,000. This is a miracle of the heart, and the miracle is that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Luth. Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story in each of the Gospels. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, John 6:1-15) Each of the other gospels actually says that they had 5 loaves and 2 fish and that Jesus blessed them and told the disciples to distribute them to the people. After they finsihed, there was 12 baskets left over. Should we be teaching children about sharing from this story rather than the miracle of producing the food. Is the real miracle here the opening of the disciples hearts to promote sharing to provide the food to people. This followed Jesus sending the disciples out to preach, teach, and do miracles and depend on the people for your sustenance. Now they are asked to provide for the people.

Jesus asked who do you say that I am, and Peter says you are the Christ of God. Jesus keeps saying being the Messiah is complicated and the disciples don’t understand. Jesus will win not by conquering people like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, etc., but by being a martyr who will win by losing. Is this a better way to conquer the people. Should we be teaching children about sharing from this story rather than the miracle of producing the food. Is the real miracle here the opening of the disciples hearts to promote sharing to provide the food to people. This followed Jesus sending the disciples out to preach, teach, and do miracles and depend on the people for your sustenance. Now they are asked to provide for the people.