November 27, 2011
John 6:1-9 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. (2) And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. (3) And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. (4) And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. (5) When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? (6) And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. (7) Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. (8) One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, (9) There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Many people were sick and were following Jesus to be healed and to see how Jesus would heal other people. With so many people following, Jesus wanted to show his disciples another great miracle. So, Jesus asked Phillip how they would feed all these. Phillip answered saying they only had two hundred pennies. How would such a little amount of money buy food for this entire multitude? Another of the disciples pointed out that a boy was in the crowd with five loaves and a few fish. Jesus would use this to do a great miracle!