7/18/15 The First Gift Is For The Children Of Israel

Jesus continues, “As for you forgetting to bring bread, have you so soon forgotten what you saw in the Decapolis, and in Bethsaida before it?”  The apostles look at each other in chagrin, and begin to quietly converse about the feeding miracles they have witnessed and the meaning behind them.  “There’s always something more to what He does than what we see on the surface,” John says.  “But I haven’t figured this one out yet.  Rabbi, could You explain it to us, please?”  Jesus is delighted to see that His apostles are beginning to understand what He has been teaching them about the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven.  He tells them, “In Holy Scripture, numbers are important.  The number 5 represents the 5 books of Moses, what we call the Torah, or the Law of Moses.  The number 12 represents the 12 sons of Jacob, whom the Lord renamed Israel.  The descendants of these 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel.  So the 5,000 men of Israel with their wives and children sat on the grassy hillside in Bethsaida just before Passover, a holiday celebrated only by the children of Israel.  They were fed from the 5 loaves of bread the little boy had with him, and you gathered 12 small baskets of leftovers.  This represented the Gift of God for the children of Israel.  Not just for the tribe of Judah, through which the line of King David must come, but all 12 tribes.”

Matthew 16:9, Mark 8:19, Second Touch by Bodie & Brock Thoene, pages 292-293; https://bible.org/seriespage/25-feeding-4000

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