Jesus Meets With His Disciples And Sails To A Remote Area
Jesus had sent the disciples to the Jewish towns to preach the good news, heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons. On their return, they met with Jesus and told him all they had done and what they had taught. Jesus had just learned of John the Baptist death from John's disciples who buried his body.
The gospel of Mark says, 'There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn't have time to eat. So he said to them, "Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest awhile." So they started out in a boat by themselves to a lonely place.' ( Author's Note: The Sea Of Galilee is only thirteen miles long and eight miles wide, and at that time, nine cities with a population of 15,000 or more stood on it shores. When Jesus and his disciples left in a boat and sailed a small distance to a remote area, people on the shore could see where they were heading. )
Mark goes on to say that 'Many people, however, saw them leave and knew at once who they were; so they went from all the towns and ran ahead by land and arrived at the place ahead of Jesus and his disciples. When Jesus got out of the boat, he saw this large crowd, and his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he healed their sick and began to teach them many things.'
Jesus Feeds 5000 Men ( not counting the women and children )
When it was getting late, Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. The time for the Passover Festival was near. Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, "Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?" ( He knew well what he intended to do but he asked this to test Philip's response. )
Philip replied, "Not even with two hundred days' wages could we buy enough loaves to give each of them a mouthful!"
Andrew, Simon Peter's brother said, "There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But it certainly won't be enough for all these people."
Because it was the time of year when grass covered the landscape, Jesus told the disciples to get the people to sit down in groups so they could be served easily. He took the bread, gave thanks to God and gave it to the disciples who brought it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. All four gospels say that the number of men there were 5000. ( And Matthew adds: 5000 men, not counting the women and children )
When everyone was full, Jesus told the disciples, "Gather the pieces left over, let us not waste a bit". So they gathered them all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.
And the people seeing this great miracle were talking among themselves saying, "This is the prophet Moses told us about who was to come into the world!" Jesus realized they were ready to come and carry him off to try and make him king, so he told his disciples to take the boat back across the lake and he went to the hills by himself.
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January Lazarus And The Rich Man ("about death & believing")
February The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March The Lost Sheep & The Lost Son ("rejoicing for who has given up their life of sin")
April The Meaning Of Easter - Three Examples From Jesus
May The Worry Of Daily Life
June The Ten Lepers
July The Good Samaritan
August How To Give and How To Pray
September The Un-believing Towns
October Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November     The Last Supper
December Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
January The Things That Make A Person Unclean
February Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
June Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August The Meaning Of The Cross
September Jonah And The Whale
October Jesus And The Devil ( Satan )
November Jesus And The Sabbath ( The Day Of Rest )
December The Christmas Story ( The Birth Of Jesus )
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