John 6:5-9

John 6:5-9 — 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?

And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him,

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 sceptics to examine them. But here was a mriacle, 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 fo what before had no existence. Third, because of the typical import of the miracle. It spoke directly of the person of christ. To these may be adde a fourth answer: The fact that this miracle of the feeding of the hungry multitude is recorded by all the Evangelists intimates that it has a universal application. Matthew's mention of it suggests to us that it forshadows Christ, in a coming day, feeding Israel's poor (Psalm 132:15). Marks' mention of it teaches us what is the chief duty of God's servants — to break the Bread of Life to the starving. Luke's mention of it announces the sufficiency of Christ to meet the needs of all men. John's mention of it tells us that Christ is the Food of God's people. — Arthur W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John, Volume One, page 286.

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