What can you do with 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread?

9 Feb 2013 by James Hoh CM –


What do you have that is in your hands? And what could you do with them?

Nothing much, you may say. But for the boy in Mark 6:40 and John 6:1-13, it was the source of a miracle. He gave what he had in his little hands – just two fishes and five loaves of bread – and they turn into a blessing for thousands.

As I was reading this story to my four year-old daughter before she called it a day. Interestingly, a few questions popped up and I couldn’t help but quickly wrote them down.

To many of us, this story in Mark 6:40 and John 6:1-13 of the New Testament are quite simple. It was shared and preached in church services all over the world. But the miracle was spectacular, Just imagine just two fishes and five loaves of bread in the hands of our Lord Jesus could be sufficient to feed thousands of people, even with surplus!

However, this time around, I found three questions worth pondering. Let me share with you:

  • Does it matter to God how little we have?

It doesn’t. Many of the miracles mentioned in the Bible always happened this way. Remember the miracle in which Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding because there wasn’t enough wine? 

Therefore, it doesn’t matter how insignificant our resources are, he still can turn it into a miracle and it also means that no matter how difficult our problems are, God is still able to solve them.  

  • Why did the boy bring the two fishes and five loaves of bread to Jesus?

I am sure the child wouldn’t have thought of giving the fish and the bread for Jesus to perform a miracle. I am quite sure that the two fishes and five loaves of bread are given by the boy to honour Jesus and the disciples. But because of this kind act, Jesus has turned them into a blessing to thousands of followers.

  • What can we learn from the child?

I think it was the boy’s simple faith of honouring Jesus that all of us must have learn when coming to God.   I mean, like the little boy, we may never know what will happen when we honour God!

  • Would there be a miracle without the 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread?

May be. But my conclusion is not the miracle per se but the kind of attitude that we ought to have in honouring God.

Whatever the answers might be, one thing is for sure: the boy was filled with awe and joy because it was his fishes and bread that were used for the miracle, the people were awe-struck and God was glorified!

If you were that child could you have done the same? What would you bring to Him today?



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