The Story of the Little Boy

May 15th, 2022

Pastor Mike Slater



The Story of the Little Boy

The feeding of the 5,000 is a wonderful, miraculous story that holds so many truths that can and should impact our lives. This story centers around the disciples and the miraculous feeding – but also on a little boy and his lunch.

Many teachings of this story center around the disciples and their lack of faith. But I see a very important person – referred to only as the little boy – that many teachers do not even mention. Many truths for us center on the little boy and his lunch. In this story, Jesus does four things with the lunch the boy gives over to Him. It will show what can truly happen with a life given over to God. To understand the possibilities, the value, and the worth of someone’s life given over to God.

Encouraging One Another,

Pastor Mike

Key Scripture: John 6: 1-13 and Matthew 14: 17-21

John 6: 1-13

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Matthew 14: 17-21

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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