#DailyDevotion Jesus, the LORD, Is The Prophet Foretold By Moses
Matt. 1415In the evening the disciples came to Him. “This is a deserted place,” they said, “and it’s late. Send the crowds away to the villages to buy themselves some food.” 16“They don’t need to go away,” Jesus answered them. “You give them something to eat.” 17 “All we have here are five loaves and two fish,” they told Him. 18“Let Me have them,” He said. 19He ordered the people to sit down on the grass. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He blessed them. Breaking the loaves, He gave them to the disciples, and they gave them to the people. 20All of them ate and had enough. They picked up the pieces that were left — twelve baskets full. 21Some 5,000 men had eaten, not counting women and children.
Now Jesus being the Mercies of David, whose compassion went out to the crowds when he saw them even in the midst of his own grief and healed them now sees them late in the evening and his bowels of mercy and compassion goes out to them again. It is late and the people have not had anything to eat. The disciples realize this and tell Jesus to send the crowds away so they can buy food to eat.
Jesus though, being the LORD who spoke through Isaiah, shows us the Mercies of David, who calls out to his people, “Oh, come to the water, all you who are thirsty! You who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come and buy grain without money, and wine and milk that costs nothing.” tells his disciples to give the people something to eat. The disciples are a little flabbergasted as they only have five loaves of bread and two fish. Now I believe Jesus wants them to recognize their need before fulfilling it.
Jesus shows forth that he is the LORD who feeds Israel. He is the One who used Moses to feed his people in the wilderness. Now he is the One who is greater than Moses, who is the Prophet Moses foretold who would be like him. Jesus has the crowds sit down or rather to recline on the grass. Such is the position to eat at a festal meal. Jesus is giving them and us a foretaste of the feasts of the kingdom of God. It foreshadows the covenantal meal he would prepare for us in the upper room which we are still partaking today of his body and blood with the bread and the wine. Jesus’ sits as the head of his people, blessing the bread, breaking it and giving it to the people to eat.
The food being blessed by Jesus and distributed by the disciples ends up feeding the 5000 men, not including women and children, so maybe closer to 15,000 plus people. There were twelve baskets left over for the disciples. When the Israelites ate in the wilderness they were not to pick up more than they needed for the day except on the sixth day for preparation for the Sabbath rest. Jesus is preparing his disciples for a day of rest as he is the Sabbath, the rest of God. Jesus reveals to his disciples he is the One Moses foretold who is like him but greater than him. He is the LORD who provides for his people. He provides us for daily bread. He provides us with bread of Life—his body and blood. He provides with the festal meal at his wedding banquet on the Last Day. Trust he is the one whom the LORD has sent and you will partake of his feasts on the in the world to come.
Heavenly Father, you provided manna in the wilderness for Israel and Jesus, your Son, provided bread for the crowds, but more than that he provided for all who trust in him a rich banquet at the consummation of the ages for all who trust in him. Grant us faith to make us partakers of this feast so we may be filled with joy forever more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.