Saturday, August 06, 2022


John chapter 6 verse 9 says this;

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

As Jesus moved around the countryside,  the sick and injured were being miraculously healed and people were amazed at the signs and wonders they were witnessing.

Crowds began searching for Him because the people wanted to be near where the power of God was flowing.

One afternoon, the crowd found where Jesus and his disciples were and began moving towards them. 

Jesus asked the disciple Philip where they were going to get the food to feed the huge crowd that was approaching them.

Philip felt that  feeding the multitude was too big of an undertaking because of the high cost. He calculated that it would take half a years' wages just to give each person one bite of food.

Another disciple named Andrew, found a boy in the crowd who had five loaves of barley bread and two small fish. The boy was probably a street hawker trying to sell the food to the crowd.

He brought the boy to Jesus saying that he had five loaves and two fishes but he asked the question;  " far will they go among so many?” 

This is the question where most of us stop in our tracks pertaining the things of the kingdom of God.

-How far will they go among so many?

-How could I possibly make a difference when I   have so little?

-How can I encourage people when I have so   little courage myself?

-How can I pray for the sick when I barely can   muster enough faith for my own healing?

-How can the Lord use me in His kingdom when   I am so awkward and insignificant?

Between Philip's economic limitation and Andrew's quantitative limitation, there was no way to give the crowd anything to eat but Jesus instructed His disciples to get everyone to sit down on the grass. 

He  lifted the loaves and fishes up in thanksgiving and began distributing the food among the people and as they passed the bread and fish around, it multiplied over and over till all the people had eaten their fill and there were twelve baskets of food left over.

When dealing with matters of the kingdom of God, if we find limiting questions in our minds, we should deliberately put them aside and prepare to follow the Lord's instructions with the understanding that nothing is impossible with God and He has means of achieving things that are beyond our own considerations and understanding.

Bless the Lord whose power can supply all our needs and all the requirements for the work of the kingdom.


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