FEEDING OF 4000 (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)
There is another feeding that we are going to talk about in Matthew and Mark. And this feeding is only recorded in two gospels. Many people don’t realize that there are two bread feeding miracles. Jesus also feeds 4000 people. Again He’s preaching and teaching to a group of people, this time there’s 4000 of them, and He says to His disciples they need food. “Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" "Seven," they replied, "and a few fish." “He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over--seven baskets full.” (Matthew 15:34-37) This time there were seven wicker baskets left over, seven baskets full, symbolic one for each day of the week. But notice how He took, blessed, broke, and He gave to the disciples. He handled the bread the same way He did when he fed 5000 people.
Let’s look at how Mark records it. “He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over--seven baskets.” (Mark 8:6-8)
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