Give a man a fish… and you’ll do as Jesus did

Jesus feeds five thousand.  The only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.

Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:11-17,  John 6:1-13

Matthew 14:13-21

13 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” 17 They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18 And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, 20 and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. 21 There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.  NASB

First Jesus gave medical treatment. The he gave the people something to eat.

Jesus put no conditions on his gift.   No one had to pay or get a job. Even the boy (John 6:9) who gave the five loaves and two fish had enough to eat and get it all back too!

You have heard it said. “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”

But Jesus said “Give a man, give a women, give a child a fish; with no judgment, payment or conditions”.

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