Basketfuls-Mark 8:1-10

Mark 8:1-10 “ During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” 5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9 About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
Marco 8:1-10 In quei giorni c’era di nuovo una folla grandissima, e poiché non avevano da mangiare, Gesù, chiamati a sé i discepoli, disse loro: 2 «Io ho pietà di questa gente; poiché da tre giorni sta con me e non ha da mangiare. Se li rimando a casa digiuni, verranno meno per strada; e alcuni di loro sono venuti da lontano». I suoi discepoli gli risposero: «Come si potrebbe mai saziarli di pane qui, in un deserto?» Egli domandò loro: «Quanti pani avete?» Essi dissero: «Sette». Egli ordinò alla folla di accomodarsi per terra; e presi i sette pani, dopo aver reso grazie, li spezzò e li diede ai suoi discepoli perché li distribuissero; ed essi li distribuirono alla folla. Avevano anche pochi pesciolini; ed egli, dopo averli benedetti, comandò di distribuire anche quelli. Così mangiarono e furono saziati; e dei pezzi avanzati si raccolsero sette panieri.Erano circa quattromila persone. Poi Gesù li congedò. 10 E subito, salito sulla barca con i suoi discepoli, andò dalle parti di Dalmanuta.”
     Many people are familiar with the feeding of the 5,000 recorded earlier in Mark 8 but this is a different occasion. Jesus had been teaching for 3 days. Presumably they either ran out of food or what food they had was no longer safe to eat. There are some important things to note about this narrative. 1) Notice the compassion of Jesus in that, even if He sent them home, they would collapse on the way. Jesus saw that they were willing to forgo their own need for food in order to be satisfied with the riches of Jesus’ words. 2) Notice the memory loss of these disciples who, although they had been in a similar situation before, expressed doubt that anything could be found to feed 4,000 men plus others. 3) Notice that Jesus prayed and used what was available and not what was needed. Like the other miracle of the multiplication of food, Jesus simply took what could be provided to make provisions for everyone. In this miracle, it was the disciples’ own bread and a few small fishes: not a little boy’s lunch! Every time they distributed the bread and the fish, they were reminded that it was their gift that Jesus used and kept using until all were satisfied. And finally, 4) notice that they had more provision in the leftovers than when they started. The word used here for “basketfuls” is different than the word that was used in the feeding of the 5,000. These baskets used to pick up the leftovers were much larger and every time the disciples picked up the leftovers in these 7 baskets, they were reminded that the contents of each basket started with one of the loaves they gave. Is the Lord asking you to give something today?
Pray with me:  Lord, I know that what I have is from You. Help me to recognize that my abundant supply comes from You when I can say, “Whatever I have, Lord, is Yours.”

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