In those by-gone years, my mother would often ask me to knead the bread for her.

Whether my ability or hers, circumstances guaranteed that we would not be the most successful bakers in the community. It was not “brick oven bread” although I might have used it as a brick.

Most of us are familiar with the idea that “Bread is the staff of life”. Let’s face it; a little flour can go a long way towards feeding a hungry person. A little butter and jelly on a slice of bread, almost anytime, sure does a lot to keep a child happy until “supper time”.

In Mark 6, Jesus took his apostles aside to “a secluded place”; however, the people were determined to follow Him, so many of them that they had not had time to eat. This became one of the occasions when the Lord made a decision to feed the crowd, only to be told that there was not enough food, specifically, five loaves and two fishes.

Between this and another occasion, we are told that the crowd numbered 4 and 7 thousand. When the feeding started, there was “five loaves and two fishes”; however, Jesus looking toward heaven, blessed the food and divided it up, but when the “picnic” was over, they gathered up “twelve full” baskets, and all the while Jesus “kept giving them to the disciples” who had been giving them to the disciples to give to five thousand .

If there was ever a demonstration of Bread being the staff of life, or of God fulfilling the needs of His children in a most unusual manner, this is certainly one of those occasions!

A further note of encouragement… “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

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