Summary: Jesus met the needs of the multitude and His disciples, while seeking the Father to meet His own need. There is not need that God cannot meet.
Read Entire Passage (Mark 6:34-52)
1. The Multitudes
a. Were like sheep without a shepherd Mark 6:34
i. They had no one to guide them
ii. They had no one to guard them
iii. So naturally, they gravitated toward the Good Shepherd (John 10:14, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and am known by My own.”)
b. Came without food 6:36, 38
i. They may have lived close by, but they were so captivated by Jesus’ teaching food was not even on their minds, it was the disciples who started grumbling about hunger.
2. The Disciples
a. There are two ways which people in which to read this about the disciples (although the grumbling is obviously correct, see verse 52):
i. Grumbling Spirit
1. V. 35 - “Goodness, Lord, this place a deserted, there isn’t any food here, there isn’t anything to do, either. If we are hungry, these people probably are too. Come on, Jesus, send them away so they can get food. As for us, well, who knows?!”
2. V. 37 “Do we have to go and buy all of these people food? It isn’t going work.”
ii. Compassionate Spirit
1. V. 35 – “Lord, the day is almost over, these people are hungry and seeing that we are in the middle of nowhere, we could send them to the nearby villages so that can eat. “
2. V. 37 –“Lord, do you want us to go buy the bread for all of the peole?”
a. Just learned his dear friend, John the Baptist, has been beheaded.
b. Tired and exhausted:
i. Teaching all day and feeding the multitude
1. It would have took a very long times for the disciples to place the people into groups of 100 and groups of 50. Then, it would have took a long time and a lot of work to give out all of the food and to collect it again.
c. He sent the people and the disciples away so He could go pray.
i. People and disicples – v. 45.
Jesus walks on water – vv.47-52
At what were the disciples greatly amazed?
1. They witnessed Jesus feed 5,000
2. They had 12 baskets of food remaining (12 disciples = 1 basket per disciple)
3. They witnessed Jesus walk on water
4. They witnessed Him get on board and the storm cease.
They were amazed within themselves beyond measure and they marveled (v.51)
1. Have you ever seen or talked to a person on a spiritual high that all they do is verbally relive the experience that God just gave them? Or maybe they are on a spiritual high and are unable to put into words what God had just done.
2. Have you ever experienced this?
3. The Bible only records how the disciples responded, “Greatly amazed” so we can only image how the 5,000 replied. The Bible says the disciple broke them up into groups of 100 and of 50. So there would have been well over 50 groups or 100. Each of those groups received enough food so that each person could eat and be full! I can only assume those people would have been greatly amazed and marveled, too.
What is the common characteristic between the multitude and the disciples?