Feeding the 4,000

It just plain looks wrong.  Feeding the 4,000.  If you know much about the Bible you know it was “Feeding the 5,000”, right?  Feeding the 5,000 is the only story listed in all 4 Gospels.

Yet in the book of Mark chapter 8, we read about Jesus feeding the 4,000 with 7 loaves and a few fish and they took up seven large baskets of leftovers (as opposed to 5 loaves, 2 fish, and 12 baskets of leftovers in the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark chapter 6.)  I’m guessing most people don’t know there are two different stories that are basically the same.  And lest we think it is the same event just repeated in Scripture with someone getting the numbers mixed up, in Mark 8 verses 19 & 20 Jesus quizzes them about both events.

I can buy that it happened twice, no big deal.  But here’s the hilarious part:

Then his disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” ~ Mark 8:4

Hello? Are they really asking that question?  Did we not already go through this once?  This isn’t your first rodeo, boys.  Didn’t you just see Me feed 5,000 with less? 

On the other hand, how fitting is it that the disciples (I was going to call them numskulls, but went back and changed it)  are asking it?  They’re not so unlike us and we’re not so unlike them.  You have to admit that God has proven Himself to you before and then the same or a similar thing comes up (or even if it’s something completely different) and you’re again wondering if God can do it?  Can I trust Him?  Will He get me through it?  When you doubt, I pray you’ll remember the “Feeding of the 4,000”.

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