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The purpose of this page is to discuss the lesson of the loaves of bread and fishes which fed the multitudes.  I have been curious about these miracles as it appears they have a deeper meaning as hinted at in John 6:5-14.

FEEDING THE 5,000:

14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."  (KJV)

15 "And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals."  (KJV)

16 "But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat."  (KJV)

17 "And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes."  (KJV)

The five (5) loaves represent the five (5) books of Torah.

The two fishes could either represent the two (2) houses of Israel (the house of Israel and the house of Judah) or double blessing given to Ephraim and Manasseh in Genesis 48:16

18 "He said, Bring them hither to me. "  (KJV)

19 "And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude."  (KJV)

20 "And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."  (KJV)

31 "And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. "  (KJV)

32 "And they departed into a desert place by ship privately."  (KJV)

33 "And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him."  (KJV)

34 "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."  (KJV)

35 "And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:"  (KJV)

36 "Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat."  (KJV)

37 "He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?"  (KJV)

38 "He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes."  (KJV)

39 "And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass."  (KJV)

40 "And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties."  (KJV)

41 "And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all."  (KJV)

42 "And they did all eat, and were filled."  (KJV)

43 "And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes."  (KJV)

44 "And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men."  (KJV)

45 "And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people."  (KJV)

46 "And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray."  (KJV)

10 "And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida."  (KJV)

11 "And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing."  (KJV)

12 "And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place."  (KJV)

13 "But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people."  (KJV)

14 "For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company."  (KJV)

15 "And they did so, and made them all sit down."  (KJV)

16 "Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude."  (KJV)

17 "And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets."  (KJV)

  5 "When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? "  (KJV)

  6 "And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do."  (KJV)

  7 "Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little."  (KJV)

  8 "One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,"  (KJV)

  9 "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"  (KJV)

10 "And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. "  (KJV)

11 "And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would."  (KJV)

12 "When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. "  (KJV)

13 "Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten."  (KJV)

14 "Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world."  (KJV)

FEEDING THE 4,000:

Matthew 15:29-39

4,000 men were fed

29 "And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there."  (KJV)

30 "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:"  (KJV)

31 "Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel."  (KJV)

32 "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way."  (KJV)

33 "And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?"  (KJV)

34 "And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes."  (KJV)

35 "And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground."  (KJV)

36 "And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude."  (KJV)

37 "And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full."  (KJV)

38 "And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children."  (KJV)

39 "And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala."  (KJV)

  1 "In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,"  (KJV)

  2 "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: "  (KJV)

  3 "And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far."  (KJV)

  4 "And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?"  (KJV)

  5 "And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven."  (KJV)

  6 "And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people."  (KJV)

  7 "And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them."  (KJV)

  8 "So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets."  (KJV)

  9 "And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away."  (KJV)

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  5 "And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread."  (KJV)

  6 "Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. "  (KJV)

  7 "And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread."  (KJV)

  8 "Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?"  (KJV)

  9 "Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?"  (KJV)

10 "Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?"  (KJV)

11 "How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?"  (KJV)

12 "Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."  (KJV)

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