2 Corinthians 9:8-11:
8And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
O Lord Almighty,
blessed are they who trust in you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
2 Kings 4:42-44:
42A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
43“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.
But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over. ’” 44Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
You have undoubtedly heard of the miracle that we read about in our gospel lesson for today: The Feeding of the 5000 (men plus women and children). I’m going to guess that you are not nearly as familiar with the miracle that we just read about in our sermon text: Elisha’s Feeding of the 100. Maybe when you heard it, you said to yourself: “Was Jesus’ miracle an intentional copy of the miracle done by Elisha?” The answer to that question is that it probably was. In fact, many of the miracles that Jesus performed had more than a passing similarity to miracles performed in the Old Testament. Jesus’ healing miracles were like the cleansing of Naaman. His stilling of the storm and walking on water is a cousin to parting the Red Sea and the river Jordan. Elijah and Elisha raised people from the dead, so did Jesus. This morning, we are going to take a brief look at both miracles and…
Compare and Contrast
I. The feeding of the 100
II. The feeding of the 5000
I. The feeding of the 100 vs.
- The occasion of the feeding of the 100 was an ongoing famine during Elisha’s day
- The sons of the prophets needed help from God continually to eat during this time
- When it came time to do this miracle, Elisha’s attendant didn’t think it possible
- This was despite having witnessed a number of miracles e.g. death in the pot one
- The food Elisha had to work with was 20 loaves and some fresh ears of grain
- The person who brought it showed great faith and bravery during that time
- The miracle that Elisha did is one that is a little bit ambiguous, scholars argue
- Did he multiply the loaves or was the little amount there satisfying to the men?
- After the miracle was over, there was food left over for them to eat another day
- We are not told how much was left, but Elisha predicted it ahead of the miracle
- So, how was this miracle accomplished, whatever the actual makeup of it was?
- He always made it clear that God was accomplishing this, he was the go-between
- So, what is the takeaway from this miracle? What does God want us to know?
- He wanted to show he would always take care of his people even in hard times
- The feeding of the 500
- The setting of this miracle is one day when the people listening didn’t have food
- Jesus’ disciples wondered how it could be done despite seeing many miracles
- Jesus had 5 loaves and 2 pieces of fish brought to him by a young faith-filled boy
- We know that Jesus actually multiplied the loaves and fishes: enough for all those
- The gospel writers report that there were 12 baskets full of the leftovers after this
- As for this miracle, we know that Jesus was able to do this because he is true God
- This miracle shows that Jesus is true God and that he is able to do more than this
- In gospel lessons that will follow in the weeks ahead, we will see this all the more
- We will see that he is the bread of life who is able to provide for us for all eternity
- When we compare & contrast these 2 miracles, we see similarities & differences
- But, in the end, we see a dedicated servant of God who points us to our Savior.