"And Yeshua having come forth, saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion upon them, and did heal their infirm; and evening having come, his disciples came to him, saying, `The place is desolate, and the hour hath now past, let away the multitudes that, having gone to the villages, they may buy to themselves food.' And Yeshua said to them, `They have no need to go away -- give ye them to eat.' And they say to him, `We have not here except five loaves, and two fishes.' And he said, `Bring ye them to me hither.' And having commanded the multitudes to recline upon the grass, and having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, having looked up to the heaven, he did bless, and having broken, he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes, and they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up what was over of the broken pieces twelve hand-baskets full; and those eating were about five thousand men, apart from women and children."
In context, what had happened was that Yochanan the baptizer, the cousin of Yeshua had been killed. Yeshua had gotten news of this and withdrew into a boat to be alone but the crowds followed him by land anyway. Then we pick up in verse 14. The place he had chosen to go was out of the way...far from the city....lonely.
Feeding the multitude
Notice how He continued on, despite the hour, at healing and it was his disciples who noticed that the people needed to eat. Yeshua tells them to feed them. Of course they can't. They haven't brought enough to provide for everyone present. One of the things that stands out to me is the beginning of verse 19: "And having commanded the multitudes to recline upon the grass..." To recline was a posture of eating. He had them to obey a command to be ready to eat despite the obvious lack of food.
I appreciate seeing the same thing happen in the story of George Mueller. He had taken in orphans and one day, when they had nothing to eat at all, he had them all sit at the breakfast table and thank God for His provisions, in spite of the real lack of food to feed the children. Then, after thanking God for what He had given them, there was a knock at the door. It was a baker with an overabundance of bread, and also a milkman who's cart had broken down in front of the house, providing the milk for the children.
I love that YHWH gives commands and shows us, when we obey, He then does the miracle. The people following Yeshua had to be in the correct position- reclining as at supper- in order to receive the food. How often have I missed a blessing because I did not see the blessing first before obeying?
Have you ever stopped to think about obedience and what purpose it serves in life? As an American woman raised in a very feminist society, to obey, submit myself, come under authority and the like seems like such a backwards idea! Yet, it's the very thing that our Father in Heaven expects from us! Study the scriptures and see if people weren't always expected to obey first. What are we to obey? God's perfect Law. Get into the posture of one who is obedient! :)