In the Bible, there are very few stories in the gospels that are the same. One of these stories is the feeding of 5,000 with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread. We can read the story of the feeding of 5,000 in Matthew 14: 13-21, Mark 6: 30-44; Luke 9: 10-17; and John 6: 1-15. How did Jesus feed all 5,000 with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread? Did Jesus do some magic to create enough food to feed everyone? Or did he use strategy?
Well my position is Jesus used strategy. He used his logic and leadership skills for the masses of people to get feed. It wasn’t a magical trick. It was a well thought out idea.
Instead of thinking of this in a historical manner, let’s look at it, as if it was happening today. Five thousand people are preparing to go see Jesus speak. There are women, men, children, and elderly who will travel for miles. Will they go unprepared? Better yet, to you go places unprepared? Or do you have money for food? Or do you take food with you? Let’s eliminate having money for food, so we can make this journey more like the times of Jesus.
More than likely, parents took food for their families to eat. Jesus knew there was no way to prepare enough food or wait to gather fish to feed the masses. In the Gospel of John, Jesus used the 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread that a boy had. He broke the bread and shared it. In other words, he showed that if everyone shared their food, everyone would be able to eat.
Jesus, obviously, convinced the people to share their food. After everyone ate, they still had enough food to collect. The people collectively took care of each other. It’s like a Thanksgiving dinner. There always seems to be a lot of left overs. This story shows how the unity of the people can change circumstances. In today’s world, we have high rates of unemployment. If we would create business and support these businesses, we could hire who we want and pay higher than minimum wage. Government has shown today like in Jesus’ day that we are all that we have. Jesus showed us we can change with the change of selfish habits to sharing habits.