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ThoughtForWeek - 3rd Sunday in May

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3rd Sunday in May

John 6:5-14

Jesus therefore lifting up His eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming
to Him, said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?" And this
He was saying to test him; for He Himself knew what He was intending to do. Philip
answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for
everyone to receive 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 fish, but what are these for so many people?"
Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So
the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

Jesus therefore took the loaves; and having given thanks, He distributed to those
who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. And when they
were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing
may be lost."

And so they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the
five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten. When therefore
the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, "This is of a truth the
Prophet who is to come into the world." John 6:1-14 (NAS)


When Philip was asked about buying this large amount of bread for the 5,000 people...what
was Philip's response?

When we are faced with large challenges or obstacles, do we ask and trust God to
help us...or do we try to figure it all out on our own, concluding as Philip did
that we just don't have the resources?

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

May 1-7:New Testament -- Luke 20:1 - Luke 22:71. Old Testament -- 1 Samuel 17 -
2 Samuel 3.

May 8-14: New Testament -- Luke 23:1 - John 1:51. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 4 -
2 Samuel 20.
May 15-21: New Testament -- John 2:1 - John 5:47. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 21 -
1 Kings 8.
May 22-31: New Testament -- John 6:1 - John 9:12. Old Testament -- 1 Kings 9 - 2
Kings 5.

Easy-to-Read Version:

Jesus 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?" (Jesus asked Philip this question
to test him. Jesus already knew what he planned to do.) Philip answered, "We would
all have to work a month to buy enough bread for each person here to have only a
little piece!"

Another follower there was Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. Andrew said,
"Here is a boy with five loaves of barley bread and two little fish. But that is
not enough for so many people." Jesus said, "Tell the people to sit down." This
was a very grassy place. There were about 5,000 men that sat down there.

Then 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. All 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."

So 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. The people saw this miracle that Jesus did.
The people said, "He must truly be the Prophet that is coming into the world." John
6:5-14 (ERV)
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