Today's verses are Mark 6:37-42: "You give them something to eat.  And they said to him, 'Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?'  And he said to them, 'How many loaves do you have?  God and see.'  And when they found out, they said, 'Five loaves and two fish.'  Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.  So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.  And taking the five loaves and two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people.  And he divided the two fish among them all.  And they all ate and were satisfied." As the evening grew late, the disciples had suggested Jesus exhort the crowds to disperse and find food in surrounding villages or in the countryside.  Surprisingly, and perhaps abruptly, Jesus said, "You give them something to eat."  Surely this was a test of their faith, to see if they believed God could do a miracle.

Their response: "That will cost 200 denarii," around 200 day's wages in that day.  Their response showed their lack of faith.

Patiently, Jesus ordered them to find whatever food there was among the people.  They discovered five loaves and two fish.  Jesus then placed everyone in groups of hundreds and fifties (probably the way we know the accuracy of the number "5,000").  Then he took the five loaves and two fish, broke the loaves, and looked to haven and said a blessing (this is from where the idea of "blessing" our food before every meal comes).  Then everyone received more than enough food.  They were all "satisfied."

For me, the key phrase in this entire passage is "he looked up to heaven."  Jesus depended totally upon his heavenly Father to multiply the food and supply the need.  As God provided manna in the wilderness and desert for the Israelites, so Jesus provided food in this deserted place.  The focus then is not necessarily on the miracle but on the one who did the miracle.  Jesus feeds them God's Word through his teaching.  But he also gives them literal food for their physical needs.  Jesus is always concerned with both the spiritual and physical needs.

Whatever your need today, do as Jesus did.  Look to heaven to supply all your needs.  The Father in heaven, through his Son, said he would do so for all his children who believe (see Philippians 4:19).  He is a good and gracious God.  From him alone do all blessings flow to us.

Trust him today.

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