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Teaching People To Fish

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“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

One of the stories regarding Jesus that always struck me as miraculous (as it does most people) is the feeding of thousands of people.

The First Miracle, “The Feeding of the 5,000” (Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15.) is known as the miracle of the five loaves and two fish.

The second miracle, “The Feeding of the 4000” is reported by Mark 8:1-9 and Matthew 15:32-39 and is known as the miracle of the seven loaves and fishes.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

His disciples answered:

“Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

“Jesus told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children. After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.”

The spiritual interpretation of seven is that is God’s perfect plan.  Now we as modern people not having witnessed this event interpret it as being magical.  We also are under the impression that since Jesus is the son of God, of course he could just wave a magic wand and feed thousands of people whereas we have a hard time feeding ourselves.

But there is no mention of magic wands or motioning of the hands commanding fish to just appear onto the shore.  When I was a toddler, movies like Star Wars and Superman were in the theatres, The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman were on TV. As I grew up in the church, my reference point for people in the Bible were literally the comic book characters and later on athletes.  Because I (and just about all of us) think of the Bible being akin to a comic book, we managed to convince ourselves at some point in our lives that “it can’t be done”.  But this perspective of Jesus and the other people mentioned was way off-base.  Jesus didn’t walk around with a magic wand or appear to be seven feet tall with super human strength.  IF this were the case, people would surely believe he was the messiah.  But this was an unbelieving generation.  In our times, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning would be what we expect in a messiah.  But Jesus was not this kind of messiah.

So how did Jesus feed thousands of people?  He had a skill: he knew how to fish and how to make bread.  He made a fishing net and started with two fish.  He had two loaves of bread and used these to demonstrate how bread was made.  Do you know how to make a fishing net or bread? Probably not! You just go to the grocery store.  Guess what? There weren’t grocery stores in those times.

Another problem in the time of Jesus was that when the harvest was plentiful, the people who arrived first tended to pick every fruit off the tree.  They would eat some of it, some of it goes bad and thus someone doesn’t eat at all.  The proper thing to do would be to only take what is needed and leave the rest for others to come pick.  Even today, this mentality persists.  Then there is the way food is made with all its additives, food coloring and processing. But you can do research on your own.

So now that you realize our problems can’t be solved via politics, learn to become self-sufficient and also learn to work with others.  You must get off your knees, stop worshiping idols and put your heart, mind, and spirit to use.  From there, results will flow outwards.

Written by chrisforliberty

January 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Posted in General, Politics

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  1. Uh….what about the water into wine? Wasn’t that the first miracle?

    Kate

    February 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm


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