You are probably familiar with the famous story of Jesus feeding the 5000, but did you know that on another occasion he fed 4000 in much the same way? Perhaps the Gospel writers recorded this event to leave no doubt as to the power, sufficiency, love, and generosity of our Savior.
We call this a miracle, but it should not be that hard to believe. After all, the Lord feeds billions everyday from the abundance of our earth. It has been said that the earth has more than enough resources to feed every person in the world abundantly. It is war, corruption, and cruelty that leave so many unfed.
So, as you read our scripture passage for today, you may be asking God why he allows people to go hungry in the world. But realize…he may be asking you that same question.
(Mark 8:1-9a) 1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” 5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9a About four thousand were present.