Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
There’s a lot to be said about this story of feeding the five thousand—where did all that food come from? Why did they only count the men—does that mean there were really 15,000 people? If so, where did they all come from? But I want to begin by saying what was not said in this story—that Jesus has gone to be by himself to mourn the death of John the Baptist, beheaded by Herod at the request of his wife and daughter. This death has struck him so hard he wants to withdraw from the crowds, even from his own work, to grieve. He even gets in a boat to escape them. So, behind this beautiful scene of provision lurks death. And I have to believe, at some level, there's something of a struggle here between death and life.