I’m preaching this Sunday at SAFMC from Matthew 14:13-21. If you’ve ever wondered what Jesus is like, this is a great passage. He’s compassionate, self-sacrificing and powerful. He meets us in our scarcity and brings His abundance. He is so outside our world, yet participates in such a practical way, seen in the beautiful dichotomy between miraculous healing and the hospitality of serving dinner.
More on that Sunday.
But here’s my question: do you see the miracle in the feeding of the 5,000? A few loaves and fishes become dinner with leftovers for a rather large crowd. For most, the miracle is in the divine multiplication of bread and fish, as if God somehow made it so that cutting bread in half would result in four halves, etc. But for some, the miracle is that people decided to get their secret stash of food out and share, but only after seeing the compassion of Jesus on the people.
In one hand, the miracle is God and God alone, and a literal multiplication of food.
in the other hand, the miracle is the response of the people being less selfish and actually sharing the food they were hoarding for themselves.
What do you think? A literal, miraculous multiplication of bread and fish? Or, was it the miracle of humans being less self-centered?
I’m really interested to hear what you think. You’ll help this pastor (points to self) in sermon preparation.
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