Last week, we started talking about the story we know as “the feeding of the five thousand. On the next couple days, we’ll add more to the story.
That day on that hillside, Jesus took care of feeding people who didn’t have money. But his words and actions show us that the feeding, and the words from Isaiah 55, aren’t just about Arby’s for everyone.
First, there is the obvious: Jesus fed food to the physically hungry. In this moment, there was a miracle of the lunch for one teen being enough for 15,000 people. We don’t know exactly what happened, other than Jesus saying “thank you” to God for this food, and then starting to break it up.
There was enough. And sometimes there is enough food and it is a miracle. People are devoted to pursuing Jesus, spending their time on what matters. And there isn’t food.
That said, there are moments where we look around and we say “But what about all the starving people in the world? Where is Jesus?”
It’s possible that He is there. He’s waiting for us to bring our small meal to him. (Like we’ve done for 22 kids on the other side of the world. Our small acts leading to God’s big change.)
Second, Jesus fed knowledge to the intellectually hungry.
We don’t know what he taught that day on the hillside. We do know what Jesus taught in general. And it’s likely that he taught about the things we already know.
He’s always willing to feed us those words. In fact, they are written down in the Bible for our reflection, for our conversation, for our application.
We can take the words of Jesus from Matthew 5-7, from John 13-17, from parables and explanations of parables, and we can listen diligently to them and eat what is good. As Isaiah records, “Hear, that your soul may live.”