We are all very familiar with the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. It is one of the few events recorded in all four Gospels. However, less well known is Jesus’ feeding of 4,000 recorded both in Mark’s Gospel and in Matthew 15:32-39.
Even less well known is a very similar miracle performed through Elisha, the prophet we are basing our preaching series on in July and August.
‘One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God [Elisha] a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat”. “What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed a hundred people with only this? But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the Lord says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!” And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.’ (2 Kings 4:42-44 NLT)
Of course it isn’t as mind-blowing as Jesus’ miracles, but reminds us that the same Lord of infinite power works in both the Old Testament and New Testament, and also is with us today.
We pray for His provision given through His grace in our lives and in our fellowship as we trust Him to work to His glory and our good.