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Jesus Feeds The Crowds

on August 22, 2013

JESUS FEEDS THE CROWSJesus Feeds The Crowds

Memory Verse: Matthew 15:32

Life Application: Jesus is concerned about our needs.

Bible Text:

Matthew 14:13-21

Matthew 15:30-38

The New Testament tells of two different times when Jesus fed the people who came to hear Him preach.

Jesus Feeds 5.000

Matthew 14:13-21  NKJV     “When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

     Shortly after the death of John the Baptist Jesus took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to a quiet lonely place. However, thousands of people followed Him there to hear Him. It grew late, and the disciples worried about feeding the crowd. They checked to see if anyone had food to share. All they found were five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus thanked God for the food and divided it between the disciples. They broke off chunks for each person. Everyone got enough to eat, and when they had finished, the disciples even collected twelve baskets of leftovers! Five loaves of bread and two fish had miraculously fed 5,000 people!

Questions and Fill-In-The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why did Jesus take a boat across the Sea of Galilee?

2. Thousands of people followed Jesus to ____________ Him.

3. Jesus saw a great multitude and He was moved with ______________________  for them.

4. When it was evening Jesus’ disciples came to Him. What did they say?

5. Jesus said, “They do not need to go away. ________ give them something to eat.”

6. How many loaves of bread and fish did they find?

7. Jesus ____________  __________  for the food and divided it between the disciples. They broke off chunks for each person.

8. How many people did Jesus feed?

Jesus Feeds 4.000

Matthew 15:30-38  NKJV     “Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.”

     Another time, Jesus had been teaching on a hillside for three days. The baskets of food that people had brought were almost gone. Jesus did not want His followers to go hungry, so He asked the disciples to collect whatever food was left. They found only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Just as before, Jesus gave thanks to God and divided up the food. That day, He fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

Questions and Fill-In-The Blanks – Part II.

1.How long had Jesus been teaching on the hillside?

2.  Jesus did not want His followers to go hungry, so He asked the ______________ to collect whatever food was left.

3. What food did they find?

4. Jesus gave thanks to God and ____________ up the food.

5. After Jesus fed the 4,000 people how many baskets were remaining after everyone had eaten?

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