Feeding the Four Thousand
32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.
I love this so much. Jesus didn’t distribute the food Himself, He GAVE it TO the disciples to give to (feed) the multitude.
What a beautiful shadow of what we are called to even today. Jesus GAVE Himself for us, to save us, and indwell us with His very Spirit, so that we could GO into all the world on His behalf and feed His sheep the saving and healing gospel of Jesus Christ. To partake of His body and blood.
And for communion, the Lord’s supper, He instructed us to use bread to represent His broken body, and wine to represent His blood. So, it was also a shadow of how His body would be broken for the saving of the multitudes.
All glory to the Lamb! How we praise You, Lord Jesus!