5 When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do.
7 Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto Him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
They were near Bethsaida, where Philip was from.
lad = little boy
200 denariis = 200 day’s pay, approximately — a year’s wages
The number 200, in Scripture, is associated with evil (Joshua 7:21; Judges 17:4; 1 Samuel 30:40; 2 Samuel 14:26; Revelation 9:16). Here it reflects Philip’s unbelief.
Why … was this particular miracle singled out for special prominence? … Three answers have been suggested, which may be summarized thus: First, because there was an evidential value to this miracle which excelled that of all others. Some of our Lord’s miracles were wrought in private, or in the presence of only a small company; others were of a nature that made it difficult, in some cases impossible, for skeptics to examine them. But here was a miracle, performed in the open, before a crowd of witnesses which were to be numbered by the thousand. Second, because of the intrinsic nature of the miracle. It was a creation of food: the calling into existence of what before had no existence. Third, because of the typical import of the miracle. It spoke directly of the person of Christ. — Pink, page 286.
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