And the emissaries gathered to Yahushua and reported to Him all, both what they had done and what they had taught.
And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a little” – for there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. And they went away to a lonely place in the boat by themselves to a city called Beyth Tsaida.
After this Yahushua went away to the other side of the Sea of Galil, that is of Tiberias. And many hearing it perceived them going away and recognize them, and they ran together on foot to arrive ahead of them. And they came toward Him.
And Yahushua went up on a mountain, and there He sat down with His taught ones. And the Passover was near, the festival of the Yehudim.
Then Yahushua, lifting up His eyes and seeing a large crowd coming toward Him and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And He began to teach them many matters. He was speaking to them about the reign of Elohim, and healed those who had need of healing.
And now the hour being advanced, the day began to decline, and evening having yet come. His taught ones, the Twelve, came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and now the hour is late. Send them away, so that they go into the surrounding country and villages, they might lodge and buy themselves bread, since they have no food to eat.”
But Yahushua said to them, “They do not need to go away, give them to eat yourselves.”
He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for them to eat?” And this He said, trying him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
Philip answered Him, “Two hundred pieces of silver worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for every one of them to receive a little. Should we go and buy two hundred silver pieces worth of bread and give them to eat?”
Then He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
And when they found out one of His taught ones, Andri, the brother of Shim’on Kepha, said to Him, “Here is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fishes, but what are these for so many, unless we go and buy food for all these people.?” For there were about five thousand men.
And He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
And He said to His taught ones, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty on the green grass.”
And they did so, and made them all sit down.
And they leaned back, plot by plot, by hundreds and by fifties.
And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, looking up to the sky, He blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His taught ones to set before them. And the two fishes He divided among them all. And the taught ones gave to the crowds as much as they wished, and all ate and were satisfied.
And when they were filled, He said to His taught ones, “Gather the broken pieces that are left over, so that none gets wasted.”
So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then the men, having seen the sign that Yahushua did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is coming to the world.”
Then Yahushua, knowing that they were about to come and seize Him, that they might make Him sovereign, and immediately He made His taught ones enter into the boat, and to go before Him to the other side, to Beyth Tsaida, while He was dismissing the crowd. And having sent them away, He went away to the mountain to pray.
This portion of the Scriptures is found in the book of Mattityahu (Matthew) 14:13-23, Marços (Mark) 6:32-45, Luços (Luke) 9:10-14, and Yochanan (John) 6:1-16. It is one of the few miracles in which all 4 of the Gospels directly reference, and the recounting is almost identical.
The greatest personal takeaway I have to share is that our Messiah offers a much greater food than that which will satisfy the stomach or the flesh. And while this miracle did feed the flesh of over 5 thousand men, women and children to satisfaction, it is the spiritual bread of life that he offers freely through His death and resurrection that will give eternal satisfaction to our souls.
He also speaks about the people “as like sheep not having a shepherd.” He is our Shepherd! He is the one who will separate the sheep from the goats. He is the one who when finds the one lost of the 99 rejoices over finding it. He is the gatekeeper to the Kingdom which He expounded upon, preserving a people unto Himself which the Father originally called “not my people” but now are His people.
The final piece is the combining of the remnants of the food into 12 baskets. We are broken, individually and corporately, much like the loaves which were shared. He will send out His messengers to gather up the remnant into a unified body, a renewed 12 tribes of Yisra’el. What great, small, spiritual picture to share with those who have the eyes to see and ears to hear. We must be open to His word and open to His Spirit, otherwise we may miss out on these miracles just many who walked with Him did.
Father Yahweh we ask that your miraculous deeds and wonders do not skip this generation of those seeking your face in spirit and truth. Let your blessings be poured out in these days so that we may be spiritually nourished and prepared for the day of gathering into your storehouse. Shalom Aleichem!