Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish

Andrew introduced a little boy to the picture with a solution for the problem. Five loaves and two fish, it’s all there is. That was a little boy’s lunch, which he willingly gave it to the Lord. But what was it to feed over 5,000? Asked Andrew. He presented a solution without believing the miracle that was about to be executed. YAHSHUA, however, was listening. First, He commanded that the disciples organize the people to receive the miracle He was about to perform.

Five loaves and two fish were all YAHSHUA needed to feed the multitude. The “little boy” had to be willing to give them up otherwise that would not have been available for YAHSHUA to perform that miracle. Although that did not seem much to the disciples and anyone else, even to him, he knew that YAHSHUA could make it work. 

YAHSHUA’S compassion for the people was visible in His perception of the people’s need. He asked Philip, Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat? This question has a double meaning. Had Philip and Andrew perceived, they would have had understood the question in its entirety. YAHSHUA here presented to Philip not only the people’s physical but also their spiritual need for the Living Bread. He well knew that in that deserted place, bread would not be found to feed not even a few, much less a multitude of over 5,000 people. Philip failed the test, so did Andrew. But the “little boy” did not. Had he thought like Andrew did, he would not have given his lunch away. His mother had no idea when she prepared that lunch it was going to feed a multitude of over 10,000 people. What can our Lord YAHSHUA do with the availability of what we have, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem is unknown unless we give it to Him.

When YAHSHUA took the loaves, He thanked YAHWEH for them. In that prayer of thanksgiving there was power beyond our imagination – power to multiply those five loaves into thousands of loaves to satisfy the crowd which represented the today’s hungry world for God. Jews and Gentiles both had come to be spiritually fed, but YAHSHUA saw their physical need also and right then He performed the miracle that touched everyone who had come. They were not only witnesses of the miracle, but partakers of it, too. The crowd wanted to make Him king. Some perceived Him to be “the Prophet who was to come” prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18).  He, however, withdrew again to the hillside by Himself alone (John 6:14-15).

The “little boy’s” life was filled with awe seeing his five loaves and two fish being multiplied! I can only imagine what was like for him. “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” in the words of our Lord YAHSHUA (Acts 20:35). I do think that YAHWEH smiled when that “little boy” gave his lunch to YAHSHUA for such use. Countless lives were blessed right before his eyes. That’s greater blessing than if he had kept his lunch only for himself, for the law of giving bears multiplied fruit back to the one who gives. YAHSHUA so told His disciples: give and will be given to you; good measure, pressed down shaken together, and running over will they pour into the bosom. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6: 38).

Do you have an extra to share? Give it away! What benefit will you have in holding to things someone else might need? None. None whatsoever. A rich man, in one of the parables told by YAHSHUA, was considered a fool, for he gathered much only for himself. But God said to him, You fool! This very night they will demand your soul of you; and all the things that you have prepared, whose will they be?  So, (YAHSHUA continued), it is with the one who continues to lay up and hoard possessions for himself and is not rich to God (Luke 12:20-21).

Paul, in his letter to Timothy, advised him: as for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for enjoyment. [Charge them] to good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal and generous of heart, ready to share. In this way laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may grasp that which is life indeed (I Tim. 6:17-19).

My friend, don’t wait until you become rich to share with others. That will never happen if you fall in love with your riches. Give of what you have now and your reward will be great in this world and in the world to come!


Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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