“…and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. There were five thousand men who ate the loaves.”
“And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. About four thousand were there.
The account of the feeding of the 4000 is a near repetition of the earlier miracle. What benefit is there in recording these almost identical acts of Jesus?
As a person who has been trained to observe the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment, here is the basis of science–an experiment/miracle that can be repeated! Yes, Jesus not only is able to perform miracles, he is able to REPEAT them.
There are differences in the two events. But I like one of the similarities.
In both happenings-there are leftovers.
By todays standards, we take our leftovers and often throw them away. These leftovers have the capacity to save.
Think about it. Chew on this bread left in these baskets. Why were there leftovers? Why were the crumbs gathered? What did this do for the faith of the disciples? The crowd?
Jesus’ provision was abundant. So much that there were leftovers….
Now–on our side. Do we simply give Him what is “leftover?” The edges of our life. Pray with our leftover time. Worship if we have time on Sunday. Our money is ours and we give with what is leftover. Do we have faith that is leftover from what science and the world does not take away from us–or what can be explained plainly?
Over the years, as a mom and wife, I have enjoyed the benefit of leftovers. The children sometimes grumbled when served yesterday’s special, but, my husband enjoyed the warmed entree, often praising my creativity with these uneaten remains and good use of resources.
Jesus never gives me leftovers–he gives me so much that I am left– over filled.
May I use this resource well.