33And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 35And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42And they did all eat, and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
1.The desert and the miracle
a) Desert place – make clear the uselessness of the world, people searching for food.
b)” They need not die“ – Christ was not wanting them to look by themselves , he wants to offer them food.
2. Duty of a Disciple
a) Quiet time with Christ
b) Willing disciples
C) Active but not participating witnesses to the world =(1 peter aliens and strangers)+Sharing the food that Christ distributed .
3. All that ate were satisfied
a) Jesus provided spiritual and physical food – he provided all their needs ( ref. John 21 )
b) Plenty left over. Emphasis on evan. point