Bread in the Desert

Matthew 15:33
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

How soon they had forgotten.  Jesus had already fed 5,000 men with 12 baskets left over, and how could such an event be forgotten so easily?  A tangible event of being fed with bread that did not exist just moments before surely would have made an impact.  This was not one of Jesus’ parables where they had to discern the meaning of His words.  This was not a theological discussion or a debate over some truth with abstract ideas floating around.

This was bread, food, something they touched, tasted, chewed, and swallowed—not just a light snack, but enough to be filled.  And they had leftovers for breakfast the next day.  A need was met plus an abundance for over 4,000 people in a desert place.  Jesus showed He would supply their needs, that He is all-sufficient in and of Himself for everything we need.  It’s not just a one-time momentous event.  It is something repeatable.  It happened before and can happen again.  His promises are sure; we can trust them.  He is generous with His blessings; they will meet every need.

Jesus did not chastise the disciples for their question.  He didn’t remind them of the last time He fed a multitude with a few fishes and loaves.  He simply took the seven loaves they had, gave thanks, and handed them out so everyone could eat and be filled.  This was something the people could understand—food where there was none and hunger satisfied.

Jesus is our daily bread.  We may not have what we need ahead of time, but when we need it, He will provide.  He takes our little bits that we have to work with and uses them in much bigger ways than we can imagine, to the honor and glory of God, and when we are trusting Him to meet our needs, we are always filled with something left over for next time.

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