Mar 23, 2011

Five loaves and two fishes or seven loaves and several fishes

As a child, I was always intrigued by the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes - how Christ divided them up and there was more than enough to feed the 5000, with 12 baskets of leftovers!

Following that miracle was another one involving 7 loaves and a few fishes (we don't know how many for sure). It was only recently that I took notice of how the two miracles took place one almost immediately after another, as was recorded in the gospels. In Mark 8, we read of:

14The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”16They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

This led me to wonder - how is it that Jesus used 5 loaves to feed the 5000, and 7 loaves to feed the 4000? In the natural, it is more logical to need more to cater to more, but what the two miracles show us is that with Christ, anything is possible! He does not need to follow the logic of the natural, physical world. Christ is the Lord of the supernatural, and nothing is too small or too big for Him. This is also a reminder that we should not forget the Lord of miracles - after just having seen Christ perform the miracles of the loaves and fishes, the disciples were worried that they had forgotten the bread!

Oftentimes, that's the case with us too - after having experienced Christ's love and miracles in our lives, we often forget them too soon after. We need to constantly remind ourselves of Christ's love and righteousness for us, and that He is our Lord of miracles indeed. Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!