This Sunday we’ll be exploring the events described in Luke 9:10-17. The astute reader may worry that I’ve skipped verses 7-9 in our studies…but we’re just putting those aside, and we’ll be dealing with them next time. Our focus this week will be on the miracle of the loaves and fish.
This appears to be an important miracle, because all four gospels recount the story of it. Early Church art often used the imagery of loaves and fish as symbolic of God’s provision, and even the gospel itself. We have been exposed to the telling of this miracle so much that it tends to get lost in the shuffle of telling the story of Christ, but it has a very important message contained it.
There are several parallels to the Old Testament that are most likely intentional. Jesus in the wilderness, providing food for His followers, like Moses in the wilderness providing Wonder Bread (manna) for the children of Israel; or the multiplication of resources yielded to God like the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath.
As you read this story, what distinctions do you see between the way Jesus responded to the people and the need and the way the disciples responded? Consider the overall setting and circumstances, that the disciples had just come back from their own ministry tour and were probably worn out…does this possible detail impact the story in any way? If you apply this story to your own life as a servant of Christ…what lesson can you glean about meeting the needs of the world around you?
Should be interesting…hope to see you Sunday!