Feeding five thousand people

In Luke 9: 10-17, Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus said one of his disciples to ask the people to sit down before he broke the bread and turned it into food for five thousand people. He said “Have the people sit down in groups of about fifty each”.

Jesus could have done the miracle without having the crowd sit down in groups. But when he asked them to do so, he had  a greater purpose in his mind than merely turning five loaves into thosands of pieces of bread for the crowd. The Lord wanted to give the people insight into what was spoken by Isaiah in chapter 40: 4-5 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low, the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed. The Lord was explaining that the glory of the Lord does not appear at a place where there are irregularities, where there are differences. But when the valleys are raised up and mountains are  brought down and both come upto the same level, the Lord sends his glory that manifests itself through miracles.

In psalm 133, David says, How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity for there the Lord bestows his blessings. In the crowd of five thousand people, there could be people who didn’t want to sit next to each other. Or those who just wanted to grab their share of bread and go away. The Lord wanted to tell them that unity precedes every miracle.

Are you waiting for your miracle and it seems the prayers are not getting answered? The answer lies in “sitting together in groups.

The time has arrived for God’s people to move forward in faith, become united and receive their miracles.

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