2009-07-13 - It's a Miracle
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" (John 6:9)
Biblical Reference: John 6:5-13
Turning to Philip, Jesus asked where they could buy bread to feed the people. Philip didn't answer Jesus' question, but said it would take a fortune to purchase food for all these people. Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up and told Jesus about a boy who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish - as if that would make a dent.
Jesus ordered everyone to sit down. And all of them - the approximate count of men was 5,000, not including the number of the women and children - sat down on the grassy slopes, an accomplishment in itself. Then Jesus took the boy's loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterwards He did the same with the fish, and everyone ate until full. Jesus miraculously multiplied the food right before their eyes!
Philip still had a lot to learn about God. For a split second, he forgot that Jesus could change things in an instant. Perhaps Philip got caught up in the people demanding food, and his exasperation on how and how much it would cost to feed them.
When Jesus used the boy's two loaves of bread and small fish, it put Philip to shame. The disciple never imagined He would be able to feed the thousands of people on that small amount of food, never thinking there would be food left over. The disciple was looking right at Jesus, the man who could answer any question, big or small. And yet, Philip was limiting Him. May we learn from Philip's discovery, and first look to the Lord for solutions.