Post by Pastor Stephen
Didn’t we just read the feeding of the 5,000? Yes! It was part of LCR’s Top 7 Bible Stories, and now we’re shifting the sermon series to focus on Matthew. We pick up in Matthew 14 and we’re going to read about Jesus’ life, teaching, and miracles until we’re well into football season. On Sunday, we’re reading Matthew’s take on the feeding of the 5,000. It’s different than John’s telling which we read over the summer.
It’s different in at least two ways.
One: In Matthew the disciples simply report that they’ve got five loaves and two fish. In John, a little boy is brought forward and his lunch of five loaves and two fish is what is given to Jesus.
Two: John tells us that Jesus fed 5,000 people. Matthew says it was 5,000 men besides women and children. Feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread is a big deal, Matthew piles on to make it even bigger.
Three: You’ll also notice that the Eucharistic formula differs slightly between John 8 and Matthew 14 – see if you can find how they’re similar and how they’re different.
One exciting thing to notice is how closely Jesus’ actions here feeding the 5,000 mirror what Jesus does in the upper room. Dr. M. Eugene Boring points out the closeness you’ll hear in Matthew’s rendition:
Matthew 14:15 “When it was evening”
Matthew 26:20 “When it was evening”
14:19 “sit down”
26:20 “took his place” (same Greek word anakeimai)
14:19 “Taking the five loaves”
26:26 “took a loaf of bread”
14:19 “and blessed”
26:26: “and after blessing it”
14:19 “broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples”
26:26 “broke it, gave it to the disciples”
Take a look at the scripture in Matthew 14:13-21 and get ready for Sunday where Jesus promises to speak and feed each and every one of us!