How Shall We Feed Them?

We still ask the same question today, just in slightly different terms.  And the answer is still the same.


John 6:5 – When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?


In our Text for Today, Jesus posed a question to His disciples.  He already knew what He must do, but He offered them the opportunity to use their own minds in a positive and creative manner.  Their thoughts, however, lingered in the natural arena.  They responded that “200 penny worth of bread” could not handle this massive feeding project for the 5,000 men present, not counting, women and children.  Today I want to share some observations that I am convinced would create an atmosphere in which the Lord will still do miracles of provision.  I ask you to consider what I say.

  1. The Word MUST come first.  This multitude had followed Jesus for the miracles He had done, but Jesus took the opportunity to teach them the Word of God.  Always, ALWAYS put the Word of God first place in your life, home, and work (ministry).
  2. Jesus looked for what was immediately present as a starting point to feed the multitude.  He did not consider sending the people home, or buying food to feed them.  He wanted to know what they had presently with them.  It was, as you know, “five loaves and two small fish.”
  3. Father does not show out in our behalf in confusion.  There must be order.  Jesus had the people sit in companies of 50 or 100.  He created order in which the work of God could be clearly demonstrated without confusion.  Let all things be done decently and in order.
  4. Bless what you have.  Jesus took the loaves and fish, blessed and broke them to feed the people.  Too often in our world, when it appears we are suffering great lack, the curse the lack, or at the very least, grumble about the insufficiency.  Turn that around.  Bless what you have, place it in the Lord’s hands and trust Him to supernaturally multiply it.
  5. Begin the work.  There is often great pressure to wait until we SEE all sufficiency before we act.  I am convinced that the fish and bread multiplied as it was distributed.  It did not just suddenly explode into mounds of fish and bread in the hands of Jesus.  If it is real in your heart, begin today, where you are, with what you have, and trust Father all the way.
  6. The day is not over when the crowd is full.  Remember to “take up the fragments that nothing be left.”  There is great blessing in the fragments.  Who gave the loaves and fish?  A lad.  Who got the return.  The lad who gave.  He went from a one-man-operation to a 12-man-franchise.  If you want to increase, don’t leave when you’re full.  Stick around for the clean-up. 

Manna for Today – John 6:1-15