Whenever Jesus is in Jerusalem he appears to experience a great deal of opposition and hostility directed against him by the religious leaders. John tells us that Jesus leaves Jerusalem and returns to Galilee – a place of safety for him. He could escape his enemies but not the crowd of people who’d seen the miracles and want to see more signs and wonders. They spent a whole day listening to Jesus teaching them and they’re seeing all the healing miracles - and then they experience the greatest miracle: Jesus is feeding the whole multitude of about 5,000 men plus women by multiplying 5 loaves and 2 fish and having 12 baskets full of food left over. The Jews knew their Bible and knew that Elisha had also multiplied food (2nd Kings Chapter 4 esp. 4:42). They believe that Jesus is the prophet and they want to make him king. As soon as Jesus is aware of this he leaves them because this wasn’t the will of God at this time.
Question 1 Jesus asked Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread that the people may eat?’V5 Why did Jesus ask this question?
Question 2 When or how do you think the food multiplied, for example, before or after giving the food to his disciples Or before or after the disciples gave the food to the people?
Question 3 The multitude witnessed how Jesus fed 5,000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish a)What was their reaction – b)how would you have reacted? V14,15
Question 4 The people were more concerned with the things Jesus could do for them. a) Are people the same today? b) What is more important: Jesus doing things for us OR we doing things for Jesus?
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