The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20, Luke 9:7-27, Psalm 72:1-20, Proverbs 12:8-9
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written by: Torrie Slaughter
Luke 9:11-17 is the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand. This miracle is one of the most well-known and significant events in the life of Jesus. The passage begins with Jesus and the disciples seeking some rest and solitude.
However, the crowds follow them, and Jesus welcomes them and begins to teach them about the kingdom of God.
As the day wears on, the disciples become concerned about the people’s hunger and suggest sending them away to find food. However, Jesus tells them to give the people something to eat. The disciples are skeptical as they only have five loaves of bread and two fish among them. But Jesus blesses the food, breaks it, and gives it to the disciples to distribute to the crowd.
Miraculously, everyone is fed, and there are even leftovers.
One of the significant aspects of this passage is the contrast between the disciples’ lack of faith and Jesus’ trust in God’s provision. The disciples’ response to the situation was to send the people away to fend for themselves, but Jesus shows compassion and trusts that God will provide. This trust is seen in the way that Jesus blesses the bread and fish and distributes it to the people, knowing that it will be enough.
Another significant aspect of the passage is the symbolism of the bread and fish. Bread is a staple food, and fish is a common source of protein. In the ancient world, bread and fish were seen as essential elements of life, and they represent the basic needs of humanity. By multiplying these basic elements, Jesus demonstrates his power to provide for the fundamental needs of the people and, by extension, all of humanity.The passage also highlights the importance of hospitality and generosity.
Jesus welcomes the crowds and provides for their needs, demonstrating a spirit of hospitality and generosity that is central to the Christian faith.
This spirit of hospitality and generosity is something that all believers are called to emulate.
Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.