We often hear sermons and teachings on the feeding of the 5,000.
Rarely do we hear of the feeding of the 4,000.
Read the account.
Note the differences from the feeding of the 5,000
In those days, when there was again a large crowd and they had nothing to eat,
Jesus called His disciples and said to them,
“I feel compassion for the people
because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.
“If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will faint on the way; and some of them have come from a great distance.”
And His disciples answered Him, “Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?”
And He was asking them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”
And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves,
He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve to them,
and they served them to the people.
They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them,
He ordered these to be served as well.
And they ate and were satisfied;
and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces.
About four thousand were there; and He sent them away.
For today, did you notice the motivation?
It was a large crowd.
They had nothing to eat.
He called His disciples to Himself.
He told them that He felt compassion for the people because they had been with Him three days and had nothing to eat.
The Lord saw their need.
He had compassion.
He still does…
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