Feeding the multitude

The sixth chapter of John tells how Christ Jesus fed a multitude of people. They had seen him heal many sick people and had followed him to a hillside.

It may have been getting late in the day when Jesus turned to Philip, one of his disciples, and asked, "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" Jesus said this to see if Philip really believed that food could be provided for the people through the power of God. Philip answered that it would take a fair amount of money to give each person even a little bread. At that point another of the disciples, named Andrew, told Jesus there was a boy present who had "five barley loaves, and two small fishes" and then added, "But what are they among so many?" John 6:5,9. These five loaves may have been like our pancakes or rolls, rather than like the loaves of bread we buy today. The fish might have been like sardines.

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