Matthew 14:18-21 Feeding the 5,000 and Team Oasis

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

1“Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Feeding the 5,000 and Team Oasis

As I read about what you did, Jesus, with a few loaves and a few fish, I thought I ought to do something positive.  I registered for Team Oasis and will train for the Chicago Half Marathon.  Just like you took what little faith the disciples and the little boy had and made it into a great provision, I pray that you would use what little I can do by running and help some children in Kenya.  Moses prayed to God in the wilderness and the people received food.  You prayed in the wilderness and the people received food.  The orphans in Kenya are in a barren place as far as provision goes, may you repeat the miracle again.  Be with all those who train for Team Oasis and let their efforts be multiplied for the Kingdom of Heaven.

I am trying to be faithful in posting, but these last few days seem so disorganised.  I don’t get to the posting at a regular time.  Help me to be faithful in posting even when the days are not as regular as usual.


  1. Where did Jesus feed the 5,000?
  2. How many baskets were left?
  3. What is the significance of 12 baskets being left over?
  4. How is Jesus shown to be the new Moses?
  5. How could Jesus take some small efforts that you give to him and multiply them?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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