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Feeding Five Thousand


Jesus hears and answers our prayers.

Bible Text:

Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-13.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.


Food for Five Thousand!

Feed the People:

Jesus was teaching near a town called Bethsaida and about five thousand men, as well as many women and children were listening to Him.  Jesus saw that it was getting late and the sun was starting to set.  Soon it would be supper time and He knew the people were getting hungry.

"We need to give these people something to eat," said Jesus.  "Where can we buy food for all these people?" asked Philip, "We don't have enough money to buy food for everybody.  It would take seven month's wages to pay for enough food!"  But then Andrew spoke up, "Here's a little boy who has brought five loaves of bread and two fish with him.  But that's not even enough food for Peter!"

How much Food?

Imagine trying to feed more than five thousand people with only five little loaves and two small fishes!  They needed a miracle.  What is a miracle? (Let the children respond).  Yes, its something that only God can do.

The little boy was glad he had given his lunch, but how was Jesus going to feed all those people?  He whispered, "My lunch wouldn't even give a crumb to each person!"  How many loaves and fish do you think it would take to feed five thousand people? (Let the children respond).

In those days they only made small loaves, and after all, the boy was going to eat all the five loaves and two fish himself.  And I think that some of you would eat at least three times as much!  Well, I think it would take at least twenty five thousand small loaves and about ten thousand fishes to feed all those people.  And that's a whole mountain of food!

Giving to Jesus:

The boy watched as Jesus asked His disciples to sit all the people down in groups of fifty.  "This was going to be good," thought the boy.  "Just wait until I tell Mom when I get home!"  He listened as Jesus thanked God for the food and the disciples began handing out the bread and fishes to the people.

Peter held his basket as he stood next to the boy.  They could not believe their eyes as the pieces of loaf and fish in his basket began to multiply into two, then four, then eight, then sixteen, then many more!  How would you feel if you saw this happening? (Let the children respond).

Peter's Problem!

Peter's eyes grew as big as saucers as he watched it multiply into a huge pile of food!  "Quick," he said to the little boy, "Give some to these people before it falls onto the ground!"  Peter got all excited and shouted to the other disciples, "Hey, I can't hold all this food, it's multiplying too fast for me to carry!"

The boy ran to each group of fifty people and quickly dropped off dozens of chunks of loaves and fishes, and then ran on to the next group before Peter's basket began to overflow again!

More Than Enough!

At last, it was the disciple's turn to eat and there were still heaps of bread and fishes left for them to eat.  "What a feast," Philip murmured, as he burped loudly and rubbed his overfull stomach, "I have never seen so much food in all my life!"

The little boy laughed as John teased Philip and said, "Look what can be done with less than a day's wages, and you thought it would take seven month's wages to feed all these people!"  Philip gave a sheepish grin, "I never thought the Master could do something like this.  It's been a tremendous miracle!"

When all the people were finished eating, the the boy helped the Disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover food.  I am sure that they went to sleep that night thinking what a marvellous Friend Jesus was.  He did wonderful miracles and provided their every need!

A Miracle for You!

I'm certain that that little boy must have run home shouting, "Hey, Mom!  Remember those five loaves and two fishes you gave me for lunch?  Well, I've just seen a man feed thousands and thousands of people with them!"  I wonder what his mother replied? (Let the children respond).

And for us, Jesus is still the same and He still answers prayers.   Let's pray now and ask Jesus to meet your needs.  And then you can say, "Thank You" and trust that Jesus heard your prayers, and that He is pleased to answer them as well.

God bless!


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