I originally posted this study when going through the Gospel of John, back in 2015. This also covers the same events in the current study of Matthew.
My original post estimated that Jesus had fed about 20,000 people. We know that He fed “5,000 men, plus women and children”, but upon further reflection, a size of 20,000 seems unduly high. The number of recipients that day was probably about 10,000 to 15,000. It was still a very large crowd for Jesus to feed!
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What do you do when your plans are destroyed? How do you react when your day is thrown into chaos?
How do we handle it when God sends an opportunity in the form of a major interruption?
I have been studying the life of Jesus Christ, trying to understand more about his life and his ministry. The recent study in John 5 demonstrates that Jesus was fully God. He was fully equal to God the Father in his works, in giving life, and in authority. There are no secrets between the Father and the Son.
But Jesus was also fully human. He did not exercise his divine power unless he was directed by the Spirit. Jesus had to grow and learn. He got tired. He felt pain, hunger, and loneliness like the rest of us.
Jesus would also make plans which would get interrupted. One of the best examples of…
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