Jesus is going from place to place doing miraculous signs. He crosses the Sea of Galilee and has a large crowd following him. They were drawn to Him because they saw Jesus heal the sick. As He walks, He sees a mountainside and sits down with His disciples. Next Jesus looks up and sees that throng of people coming toward him. “He communicates to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” (John 6:5) Though Jesus does this as a test. He had a plan of what he could do to satisfy these hungry people. Philip responds, “It would take more than a half year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (vs.7) Philip saw the impossibility of feeding such a vast amount of people.
Now Andrew spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how will they go among so many?” (vs.9) Andrew looks at the situation they are in a little differently than Philip. He looked at what they had and yet still questioned how it could happen.
Jesus had a plan. He told the disciples to have the people sit down. “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” (vs. 11) I love that Jesus doesn’t sit them down with a “box meal” and say okay this all you get but enjoy. Not at all, He lets them have as much as they desire. Doesn’t that make the miracle of the feeding that much more?!
When they had enough to eat, he had his disciples go and gather everything that was left over. Jesus didn’t want to waste a thing. The disciples went among the crowd and retrieved twelve full basket loaves of food. Take notice that there was one basket for each of the twelve. Was Jesus trying to make a statement to the disciples? I think the left over baskets said to them that Jesus provides abundantly above and beyond what we can think or imagine.
Jesus is still in the business of providing for his children. Think over your life, in what ways has He abundantly provided for you. Take time to thank Him and believe Him for even greater provision in the future.