Lesson Learned: God provides.
Materials: blanket, basket, something to eat/drink (goldfish or bread would be great)
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.
18 “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.
Talking Points: There were a lot of people listening to Jesus teach. They weren’t close to any place to buy food and they were getting very hungry. Jesus’ friends, called his disciples, knew that they didn’t have enough food to feed everyone. Jesus, however, took the small amount of food that they had and fed 5,000 people with it. Jesus performed a miracle by feeding all these people with such a small amount of food. God always provides for us, even when it seems impossible.
Questions: How many people did Jesus feed? How do you think He fed so many people? Was this a miracle?
Activity: Spread a blanket on the floor and have a picnic with the child as you read and share this story.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for all your miracles and providing for all our needs, even when it seems impossible. Amen!