The Mathematics of a Miracle

John 6:1-12 KJV

1     After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias.

2     And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.

3     And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

4     And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

5     When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

6     And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

7     Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

8     One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,

9     There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

10   And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11   And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

12   When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

  1. There is a problem

2 Corinthians 4:8 KJVWe are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Matthew 14:15 KJV – And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

John 6:35 KJV – And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

  1. There is a probing

Responses to Life’s Impossibilities

The response of the:

  1. Figures

John 14:1-8 KJV1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Difficulty must always be measured by the capacity of the agent doing the miracle.

  • Feelers
  • Faithers

2 Kings 4:42-44 KJV42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. 43 And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

Hebrews 10:25 KJV – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

2 Kings 4:42-44 NLT 42 One day a man from Baal-shalishah brought the man of God a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread made from the first grain of his harvest. Elisha said, “Give it to the people so they can eat.” 43 “What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed a hundred people with only this?” But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the people so they can eat, for this is what the Lord says: Everyone will eat, and there will even be some left over!” 44 And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.

Mark 6:39 KJV – And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

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