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Jesus Feeds More than 5,000 People
(Mt. 14:13-21; Mk. 6:30-44; Lk. 9:10-17)
6 1Later, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias). 2Many people followed
Jesus. They followed him because they saw the ways Jesus showed his power by healing
the sick people. 3Jesus went up on the side of the hill. He sat there with his followers.
4It was almost the time for the Jewish Passover* festival. 5Jesus looked up and
saw many people coming toward him. Jesus said to Philip, "Where can we buy [enough]
bread for all these people to eat?" 6(Jesus asked Philip this question to test him.
Jesus already knew what he planned to do.) 7Philip answered, "We would all have
to work a month to buy enough bread for each person here to have only a little piece!"
8Another follower there was Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. Andrew said,
9"Here is a boy with five loaves of barley bread and two little fish. But that is
not enough for so many people." 10Jesus said, "Tell the people to sit down." This
was a very grassy place. There were about 5,000 men that sat down there. 11Then
Jesus held the loaves of bread. Jesus thanked God for the bread and gave it to the
people that were sitting down. He did the same with the fish. Jesus gave the people
as much as they wanted. 12All the people had enough to eat. When they finished,
Jesus said to his followers, "Gather the pieces of fish and bread that were not
eaten. Don't waste anything." 13So the followers gathered up the pieces that were
left. The people had started eating with only five loaves of barley bread. But the
followers filled twelve large baskets with the pieces of food that were left. 14The
people saw this miracle* that Jesus did. The people said, "He must truly be the
Prophet* that is coming into the world." 15Jesus knew that the people wanted him
to become king. The people planned to come get Jesus and make him their king. So
Jesus left and went into the hills alone.
Jesus Walks on the Water
(Mt. 14:22-27; Mk. 6:45-52)
16That evening Jesus' followers went down to the lake (Lake Galilee). 17It was dark
now and Jesus had not yet come back to them. The followers got into a boat and started
going across the lake to Capernaum. 18The wind was blowing very hard. The waves
on the lake were becoming bigger. 19They rowed the boat about three or four miles.
Then they saw Jesus. He was walking on the water. He was coming to the boat. The
followers were afraid. 20But Jesus said to them, "Don't be afraid. It's me." 21After
Jesus said this, the followers were happy to take Jesus into the boat. Then the
boat came to land at the place where they wanted to go.
The People Seek Jesus
22The next day came. Some people had stayed on the other side of the lake. These
people knew that Jesus did not go with his followers in the boat. The people knew
that Jesus' followers had left in the boat alone. And they knew that it was the
only boat that was there. 23But then some boats from Tiberias came. The boats landed
near the place where the people had eaten [the day before]. This was where they
had eaten the bread after the Lord (Jesus) gave thanks. 24The people saw that Jesus
and his followers were not there now. So the people got into the boats and went
to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus.
Footnotes: Passover An important Jewish holy day. The Jews ate a special meal on
this day every year to remember that God freed them from slavery in Egypt in the
time of Moses. miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works done by God's power. Prophet
They probably meant the prophet that God told Moses he would send (Deut. 18:15-19).
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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