Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke 9: 10 – 17
Luke 9: 10 – 17
Brown Bagging It
10 And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. 12 When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” 13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17 So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.
As you are aware, I like to look at other Gospels that cover the same incident that we are studying. Usually, Matthew, Mark, and Luke cover the events while John focuses more on our Lord Jesus Christ’s deity. In this situation, however, all the Gospel writers address our Lord’s feeding of the five thousand.
Before we take a look at these other version, I just want to mention to those of you who are just beginning to seek knowledge and understanding from God’s Holy word and that you avoid confusion, is that our Lord did the same thing again and was recorded by His disciples. In the second case He fed 4000. Now remember this also, in our Lord’s feeding of 5000, in reality He fed everyone who was there – men, women, and children. And, oh yea, don’t forget all our Lord’s followers. So, to best understand these two events, you could say that it was the feeding of the 10,000 and the feeding of the 8,000. You would not be off in your logic. Or you also could call this occasion, the feeding of the thousands. Okay?
Matthew 14:13-21, “13 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. 14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. 15 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.”16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 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. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.