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The feeding of the five thousand

After the disciples had returned from the missionary journey on which Jesus had sent them, Jesus took them to a quiet place to rest for a while. According to Matthew, this happened after Jesus had heard about the death of John the Baptist. 

Unknown to Jesus and his disciples, the crowd had followed them on foot and had reached the destination before their arrival.  

Jesus seized the opportunity to preach to the them. Luke and Matthew, however, added that Jesus also healed the sick among them.

As they were there, evening approached and the disciples told Jesus evening had come and there was no food available so he should send the people away so that they can get themselves food to eat in the surrounding villages. To their surprise, Jesus asked them to feed the crowd. They replied that even 200 Dinarii worth of bread could not be enough to feed them.

Jesus asked if they had any food. The disciples managed to find five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus asked the people to sit in groups. Mark recorded that he told them to sit on the green grass and in groups of 50s and 100s.

Jesus looked up to the heavens, with the food in his hands, he blessed it and gave it out to be shared among the people. Everybody was fed but there were still some left to fill twelve baskets.

Five thousand people were fed. According to Matthew, five thousand men were fed besides women and children.

1. a. Give an account of the feeding of the five thousand. 
    b. In which three ways is God performing miracles today?

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