After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.…
I. THE ZEAL DISPLAYED BY THE PEOPLE IN FOLLOWING JESUS.
1. Although they knew He had gone into a desert place.
2. Some were doubtless actuated by curiosity, but others were anxious to profit by His words.
3. We may blame those who came from improper motives, but their zeal should condemn our coldness and neglect.
II. THE READINESS OF CHRIST TO PROVIDE FOR HUMAN WANT.
III. THE TRIAL OF THE DISCIPLES' FAITH. Often in this way God opens our eyes to our own weakness and His sufficiency.
IV. THE PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST.
1. Confusion avoided.
2. Women and children protected from rudeness.
3. Quick distribution facilitated.
V. THE NATURE AND METHOD OF THE MIRACLE.
1. The quality of the food was not changed, but its quantity was increased. Our Lord does not pamper luxury, but satisfies hunger.
2. The people received the bread from the apostles. Thus Christ taught respect for His ministers, because they act on His behalf.
3. The same miracle is repeated every day by a different process, and we give no heed to it (Psalm 104:14, 15).
VI. The narrative teaches us a lesson of ECONOMY and FRUGALITY. The bounties of Providence are never to be wasted; when we have more than we need, let it be given to others.
(J. N. Norton.)
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