Jesus Feeding the 4000:

This is a story of Jesus feeding the multitude of people who were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and others numbering four thousands. This was done with seven loaves of bread and a few small fishes. This lesson is than the lesson with Jesus feeding five thousand people with only two small fish and five loaves of bread. We need food so our body grows and stays healthy. We need spiritual food, bread of life, so our soul will grow and stay healthy. Jesus is the bread of life.
Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 8:1-10

Jesus departed from coasts of Tyre and Sidon, and came near unto the Sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.

The great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:

The multitude had great admiration for Jesus, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

His disciples say unto Jesus, where they should find so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
Jesus asked them, how many loaves they had. And they said, seven, and a few little fishes. Jesus commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

Jesus took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. Those that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?

We read that Jesus goes up to the mountain and sat down there. Jesus did not intend for the great multitude to join Him. He probably needed a time to recuperated and get stronger. Maybe Jesus even wanted to speak to His Father in Heaven.

When the multitude saw Jesus they had to go to Him. When they saw the great things Jesus was doing they glorified the LORD God. The multitude realized that these great things came from the Father of Jesus.

Jesus had compassion for the people. Compassion is having love, sympathy and mercy on all the people. These people stayed with Jesus for three days they did not think about eating. There were there to hear Jesus and to glorify the God of Israel.

How wonderful it is for us to know that our Lord Jesus Christ has compassion for our needs. They had nothing to eat for the nourishing of their body. Jesus was feeding them with food from heaven, or feeding them Spiritual food from the LORD God.

We need food so our body grow and stays healthy. We need spiritual food, bread of life, so our soul will grow and stay healthy.

Jesus is our spiritual food sent from the LORD God. The bread of God is Jesus which came down from heaven and gives life unto the world. Jesus is the bread of life. Those that come to Jesus shall never hunger; and those that believe on Jesus shall never thirst. (John 6:33-35).

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51).

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Holstein, Joanne “Jesus Feeding the 4000:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.<,>.

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Joanne Holstein is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She is a graduate of Psychology/Christian and Bible Counseling with Liberty University. She is well-known as a counselor to Christian faithful who are struggling with tremendous burden in these difficult times. She is a leading authority on historical development of Christian churches and the practices and beliefs of world religions and cults.

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