The First Multiplication

(Mt. 14:15-23)

When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, this is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves. Jesus said they do not need to go away; you give them something to eat. They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish. He said, Bring them here to Me. Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about 5,000 men, not including women and children. Then He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent away the crowds. And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone.

“Send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves,” said the disciples. Jesus however had another plan. He answered them; you give them something to eat. How? was the question in their minds. Five loaves and two fish was all that were available to feed thousands. But YAHSHUA only needed to have them to be given to Him for a miracle to happen. A need, much greater than the resource, cannot be met by the human standard, but in the hands of the Master, no resource is too small for Him to perform a miracle. Although the disciples puzzled over YAHSHUA’S command, “You give them some to eat” they brought Him the resources of five loaves and two fish. Something was happening at that time besides the physical need of the thousands of people. In God’s calendar He was expressing symbolism in these two numbers: five and two. What were these numbers speaking of at that point of time? They were expressing their meaning in prophecy. YAHSHUA said, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16. That crowd represented by several nations, was the focus of the message hidden behind all that was happening: God loves the world. The two fish and the five loaves of bread did not happen by accident. No, through them God was lighting His love not only to the Jews, but to all the world. The message in the two fish is that the space of two thousand years He was going to give to the Gentile nations for their salvation under His grace which is symbolic by the number five in the five loaves of bread.

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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