written by: Shelly McGraw
Mark 2; Mark 3; Mark 4; Mark 5; Mark 6; 1 Samuel 21:1-6
You may have heard or read about the story where Jesus feeds the five thousand. But, you may not have noticed the young boy who offered a small gift to the crowd, and how Jesus used the boy’s meager gift to create the miraculous miracle in this event.
35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to Jesus, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
38 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” ~ Mark 6:35-38
In this passage in Mark, the young boy isn’t mentioned, just simply the fact that they only found five loaves of bread and two fish. However, he is mentioned in the parallel story in John with more detail:
9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” ~ John 6:9
Although we never learn his name, we can learn a lot from his faith and generosity.
For starters, his five small loaves of bread and two small fish were never going to feed five thousand people. That isn’t even enough to feed Jesus and the twelve disciples.
The boy could have easily kept the food for himself and no one would have faulted him.
Yet, he was so willing to help Jesus feed a crowd of hungry people, that he offers up what little he had expecting a miracle.
The young boy didn’t focus on the size of his gift but the limitless power of the Savior.
Mostly, we learn that giving is an act of worship and requires faith. The young boy didn’t allow the opinions of the disciples to sway his faith that nothing was impossible for Jesus.
Do you have what you think is an ordinary or an inadequate gift? Offer it to God and expect a miracle!
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