The mathematics of supply

When Jesus and his disciples were faced with a hungry multitude, Philip's response to the need was negative, emphasizing what they didn't have. Andrew was more positive. He started with what was available. But even in this more positive approach something was lacking, because he too was overwhelmed by the great need. Apparently neither disciple founded his response on the reliability of the Father's love.

Here is where Jesus' understanding of God's love took over. He called for the provisions discovered by Andrew and added a vital element: he gave thanks to God. To everyone's great joy the scanty supplies multiplied to meet their need abundantly (see John 6:5-14).

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