A woman was standing inside her kitchen wearing a yellow, short-sleeved knit top and blue capris. Her clothing signaled spring or warm weather. Winter has passed, the flowers are starting to appear, and birds are singing happily. (Song of Solomon 2:11-13) The baker had just taken the five loaves of freshly baked bread from her oven and laid them on a board to cool. Watching this prophetic vision unfold reminded me of the Biblical account of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with the five loaves.
“After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
Philip answered Him, ‘Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’
Then Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.’ Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.” (John 6:1-13)
An Important Progression
When reading the above passage of scripture, there’s an important progression of which to take note:
An inherent spiritual test – John 6:6
The natural question (without eyes of faith) to a spiritual answer. A field worker during Jesus’s earthly ministry was paid one denarius for a day’s wage (Matthew 20:2). The 200 denarii spoken of by Philip would have been a little over a half year’s wages – John 6:7
Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks – John 6:11
Jesus distributed the loaves to His disciples – John 6:11
The disciples distributed the five loaves and fish to those surrounding them – John 6:12
The progression goes from Jesus, our source of ALL things, to the disciples to the multitudes.
Fragments Are Never Lost
In John 6:13, Jesus instructed His disciples to gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost. They dutifully obeyed their master.
Do you ever feel like all you have are fragments to give to people?
Little is much when God is in it. We must not despise the day of small beginnings. (Zechariah 4:10)
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One important clue regarding your destiny is to evaluate your passions and burdens. What are you passionate about in God’s kingdom and what or who do you have a burden for?
If you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the kingdom of God, The Holy Spirit will be faithful to show you, convict you, or communicate with you through the Bible, a dream, a vision, a prophetic word, or song, a trusted Christian minister or brother or sister, etc. This happened to the Apostle Paul on the Damascus Road during his dramatic, life-changing conversion. You can read all about it in Acts 9:1-8.
Oftentimes we can make this far more complicated than it actually is. In our country, we have such a tendency for hierarchy. God is no respecter of persons. You may be a caretaker right now for a family member or this may be your daytime, paying job. If this is what God is calling you to do, this is your kingdom work at this time as you can still manifest the fruit of the Spirit and share God’s word throughout your everyday tasks.
Where we can run into trouble is through the “fans in the spiritual bleachers,” so to speak, who continue to evaluate what we’re doing and have no shortage of opinions.
Obviously, this is totally different than if a believer is walking in rebellion against God’s word and His ways.
A Miracle of Multiplication
A miracle of multiplication coupled with a test of our faith in God is what the five loaves are really all about.
Bread symbolizes Jesus Christ; Communion (breaking bread); life (our physical lives are sustained with physical bread, and our spiritual lives are sustained with spiritual bread (the word of God); and words (our hearts and spirits feed on words).
Prophetic symbolisms for the number five are God’s grace to man and man’s responsibility; God’s favor; redemption; abundance; and multi-tasking as evidenced by the five-fold ministry in Ephesians 4:11.
Plugging in the prophetic symbolisms for bread and the number five from above, God’s grace and favor will rest upon you while multi-tasking to help feed the physically and spiritually hungry all for the purposes of redemption of mankind through His precious Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Invite someone for a meal and plan to share spiritual thoughts and the word of God with him or her.
Take note of your natural surroundings in which to launch a miracle of multiplication of the equivalent of your five loaves – John 6:8-10.
We’re living and walking in a dispensation of time wherein the need for increase and multiplication will become more necessary.
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
#1.To set the contextual stage for this chapter from the gospel of John, Herod Antipas, all the while seeking Jesus, ordered the beheading of John the Baptist which was obeyed by his henchmen (Matthew 14:1-12). This would have caused no small stir reaching far and wide. Further interest in Jesus had grown since the disciples had preached throughout Galilee. Anytime there’s persecution, unrest, and food shortages, people’s hearts are stirred to find peace. Jesus is our prince of peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
#2. Are we implementing the progression of John 6:6-12 of what Jesus has entrusted us to distribute to those around us? Everything we have comes from Him. So, if we follow the progression, we receive from Him, look to heaven and thank God for it, and disperse it to the multitudes. Jesus to us, His modern-day disciples, and them from us to the multitudes.
#3. How do you think the miracle of the five loaves challenged the disciples in Jesus’s day?
#4. What is the equivalent of your five loaves?
There’s physical food and then there’s spiritual food. After enduring 40 days and nights of fasting in the wilderness, Jesus refuted the devil’s temptation by answering him from the word of God and quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3, “But He (Jesus) answered and said, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
Maybe you live in a city of 8 million people in a 600 square foot apartment on the 12th floor, and there’s not even extra space for a small pot to plant some tomatoes. Perhaps you don’t know how to cook or have much food on hand, and you just stop at the local deli before it closes on your way home from work to procure your evening meal.
But you have a 5-pound Bible on your bookshelf. Well, maybe not quite that heavy, but you get my drift! Don your walking shoes, head out to the highways and byways and start sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We used to live down in the desert 3 miles from an unincorporated town with a population of 55 people. This number of persons would still be included in the multitudes if that’s the only human connection that we have.
#5. Notice the woman in the vision had not just mixed up the bread and set it on her counter to rise before she placed it inside the oven to cook the loaves.
The loaves were baked. What’s baked into your spirit, body, mind, and soul? This is what you’ll be distributing to and sharing with the multitude.
#6. Do you have faith to believe that God can use what small portion or fragments you might have to give to the multitudes? Fragments are never meant to be lost. They are intended to be multiplied for God’s glory and daily use in His kingdom.
#7. I would encourage you to read slowly and carefully through John 6:1-13. Make a note of where The Holy Spirit stops you and record the specific things that He is downloading to you.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Even if you don’t like to bake, every day holds the possibility of miracles!
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