God’s Pattern for Supplying His Provision and Care – John 6:1-15

God’s care and provision are demonstrated by Jesus in the miracle of feeding the five thousand. The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle of Jesus recorded in all four gospels (cf. Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-15) and is recorded with substantial narration in each of these gospels. The telling of this miracle in all four gospels may suggest its importance among the miraculous signs of Jesus’ ministry. The feeding of the five thousand was a significant miracle based purely on the scale of the miracle itself by feeding an estimated 15-20 thousand men, women, and children from five loaves of bread and two fish. The miracle demonstrates God’s pattern for supplying His provision and care. God offers His care and provision to us not by creating more things but by taking resources that already exist and extending or expanding them to meet a need, even to an abundance. When you offer any and all the resources you possess totally and willingly to God, He provides His loving care by extending or expanding those resources to meet your needs, sometimes even to the point of prosperity.

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